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Not Only Gertrude, but Mabel, Too

Our conversation about women who use the nicknames Gertie or Gert as jokingly affectionate terms for each other, prompted a listener in Melbourne, Australia, to speculate that it’s a nod to Gertrude Lawrence, an English performer who rose to...

Collective Nouns for Librarians

Following up on our conversation about the need for a collective noun for librarians, a Ranchester, Wyoming, man suggests a Marian of librarians, a nod to the play and movie The Music Man. Also a woman in Bennington, Vermont, suggests that although...

Common Idioms from Baseball

Right off the bat, you can probably name a long list of common idioms that come from baseball. For example, “right off the bat.” But how about some of the more obscure ones, like the “Linda Ronstadt“? In a nod to...

boom-bap

boom-bap  n.— «Staying true to the early- to mid-‘90s boom-bap aesthetic—”boom-bap” being an onomatopoeic nod to the ferocity of the kick and snare drums—the album was unapologetically rooted in New York’s Golden Era. And so...