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Kyarn

Kyarn is an Appalachian regional pronunciation of carrion, as in a roadkill carcass. This is part of a complete episode.

Animal Kingdom Moms and Dads

Tuna may be the chicken of the sea, but octopi, lobsters and crabs are the hens. That is, the females of each those species is called a hen. Aaron Zenz’s lovely book for children I Love Ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms offers a little lesson about...

Names for an Egg in Toast Dish

Five guys walk into a diner. One orders a toad in the hole, another the gashouse eggs, the third gets eggs in a basket, the next orders a hole in one, and the last fellow gets spit in the ocean. What does each wind up with? The same thing! Although...

Down Goes Your Shanty

What’s the origin of the warning phrase down goes your shanty!? This bit of menacing slang pops up in letters written by Civil War soldiers. One wrote, “If I ever get a chance to draw sight on a rebel, down goes his shanty.” It has...

Don’t Believe Fatmeat is Greasy

The admonition “you don’t believe fatmeat is greasy” is found almost exclusively among African-Americans. (Sometimes written as “fat meat is greasy” or “fat meets greasy” or “fat meets the greasy...

“Tang” Menu Mystery Solved

In a previous episode, we came upon a word mystery in a 1947 menu from Jackson, Mississippi, that mentions tang. The mystery has been solved! It wasn’t the drink, and it wasn’t the fish; it was Cudahy Tang, one of over a hundred knockoff...

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