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Knock On Wood

A caller from Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, wonders about the origin of “knock on wood.” The hosts do, too. More about the unusual language of Ocracoke here. This is part of a complete episode.


dingbatter  n.— «What is in the off-season a town of fewer than 800 self-styled “O’cockers” swells to as many as 8,000 “dingbatters”—the local term for off-islanders.» —“The Secret Is Out” by Eve...

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