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Miracle-Potion Pitch

Looking for something that curls your hair, cleans your teeth, and makes childbirth a pleasure? A listener’s mother used that saying in reference to every miracle potion from WD-40 to vinegar. Grant explains that the first known version of...

Miss Astor

An Indianapolis woman who grew up in the South says that when her slip was showing, her father used to say, “Who do you think you are, Miss Astor?” Martha shares other euphemisms for slips showing. If someone sidles up to you and says...

white top

white top  n.— «To get to Bamiyan Province about a hundred miles due west of Kabul, the Afghan capital, Mrs. Bush flew by helicopter. There was none of the airborne luxury of the so-called “white tops”—the Sikorsky Sea Kings that usually...

joy rider

joy rider  n.— «“On the second day, we were quite bad, very seasick,” said Laura Browning, 51, of Manchester, England, who sailed to New York with her husband, Steve, aboard the Queen Victoria.…“The crew distributed some tablets to...

va-j-j

va-j-j  n.— «Lady, one more complaint and I’ll shove a rape whistle up the Mrs. Va-J-J.» —“MTV Get Off the Air, Part 2 (featuring Princess Superstar)” by MC Paul Barman It’s Very Stimulating Feb. 15, 2000...