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Case Quarter in South Carolina

Jennifer in Andrews, South Carolina, is curious about the term case quarter, meaning “a single 25-cent coin — not two dimes and a nickel and not five nickels.” It’s heard mainly in South Carolina, particularly among African...

Case Quarters

Store clerks: If someone asks for a case quarter in change, it means they don’t want two dimes and a nickel or five nickels. They want a single 25-cent piece. Same for a case dollar, case dime, or case nickel. The customer is asking for a...

On the Case

Happy Valentine’s Day, our sweet baboos! Here are some expressions of love public radio listeners will appreciate. We’re also giving you another brand-new episode, in which we talked about the results of our great knitted hat survey...

Grammatical Guffaws and Kerfuffles

Hi, all! In the last archive edition before our new season (woohoo!), we cover colorful idioms around the world, portmanteau words, "wooden nickels," "thrice happy," "petered out," and why sneezing makes some people...

teaser parking

teaser parking  n.— «Part of the proposal calls for trying to make transit mall stores more visible and reachable by car. The team suggests narrowing sidewalks and moving artwork to make room for a lane of “teaser parking,” a...

put a nickel in someone

put a nickel in someone  v. phr.— «She has complained about inhumane and unesthetic working conditions (“It’s as if I were a machine and they just put a nickel in me”).» —“A Triumph Thank Goodness” by Tom...