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Generic House of Worship

A television journalist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, wants a generic term for “house of worship” to use in place of the word church in news reports. Synagogue, temple, sanctuary, and mosque are all too specific. What’s a fitting...

Discombobulate and Blustrification

Words like discombobulate and blustrification are made-up words intended to sound fancy and Latinate. Discombobulate, in turn, inspired the Recombobulation Area in the Milwaukee airport. This is part of a complete episode.

Click the Doughnut

Barb Beiswenger, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: “I don’t know if anyone has ever pointed this out, but at the very end of your podcast when Grant is talking about supporting the show, it sounds like he’s saying “click the doughnut...

Where Do You Buy Alcohol?

What do you call the place you purchase adult beverages? Is it a liquor store or a package store? Package store is common in the Northeast, while folks in Milwaukee know it as the beer depot, and Pennsylvanians might call it the ABC store. Tell us...

Come With

Are you left hanging by the invitation “Do you want to come with?” A Milwaukee native is proud of this regionalism, which means “Do you want to come along?” Grant explains that it may be related to the German verb mitkommen...