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Current Wife

A woman from Cape Cod is looking for a polite word that means the current wife of my ex-husband. She’s thinking about cur-wife, but somehow that doesn’t quite work. Neither does the phrase “that poor woman.” The hosts try to...

hammer-in

hammer-in  n.— «At a hammer-in held last Saturday at the home of New Bedford’s George Rebello, a couple dozen knife makers from across New England and New Jersey forged, hammered and shaped steel into handsome knives.…Rebello founded...

cloud street

cloud street  n.— «The cloud formations are all along the coastline. Cloud streets, as they are called, are rows of cumulus or cumulus-type clouds that are aligned parallel to the low-level wind.» —“NASA MODIS Image of the Day:...

ecuavolley

ecuavolley  n.— «What’s to blame for the moral rot? It’s not drug dealing or gang wars. In Danbury the vice, according to local officials and longtime residents, is volleyball. Specifically, “ecuavolley,” a form of the game so...

rake

rake  v.— «After almost a century in which anguish has accumulated like autumn leaves, New England wakes up this morning toasting a team that, in the current baseball parlance, really “rakes.”» —“Boston’s long wait finally...