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Episode 1546

Singing Sand

Cat hair may be something you brush off, but cat hair is also a slang term that means “money.” In the same way, cat beer isn’t alcoholic — some people use cat beer as a joking term for “milk.” And imagine walking on a...

Episode 1535

Beside Myself

The new Downton Abbey movie is a luscious treat for fans of the public-television period piece, but how accurate is the script when it comes to the vocabulary of the early 20th century? It may be jarring to hear the word swag, but it was already at...

boulevard stop

boulevard stop  n.— «Many people don’t understand that a signal can be good…in a way that moves traffic through better than a boulevard stop.» —“Final Mayfield approval delayed” by Jocelyn Dong Palo Alto...