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Geographic Terminology

Why is there an upstate New York but not an upstate New Jersey, or an Oklahoma panhandle but not a Missouri panhandle? Both geographic phenomena exist in those places, but the terminology varies. This is part of a complete episode.

secular

secular  adj.— «In Wall Street parlance, a very long period of falling or, at best, sideways-moving stock prices is termed a “secular” bear market. And there have been some doozies in relatively recent U.S. history...

Turkey Manhattans

A Wisconsin resident gets misty-eyed remembering the steaming plates of Beef Manhattan and Turkey Manhattan from his elementary-school days in central Indiana. But why the “Manhattan” in their names? How far back to do you remember...

type

type  adv.— «I don’t think Brooklyn slang is that different from Manhattan slang. But I’m not used to a lot of the slang my friends use. Months ago, I first heard, “There are mad heads here.” I was like, “Where did that come from?” For a...

mad heads

mad heads  n.pl.— «I don’t think Brooklyn slang is that different from Manhattan slang. But I’m not used to a lot of the slang my friends use. Months ago, I first heard, “There are mad heads here.” I was like, “Where did that come from?”...

shape

shape  v.— «Each weekday United Hispanic workers “shape”—search for work—by driving throughout Manhattan and the Bronx and visiting job sites.…As the shape van wound down to ground zero and back to the Bronx, a picture of...