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Name From Home

A caller from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, was puzzled when she moved there and locals asked, “What’s your name from home?” meaning, “What’s your maiden name?” The community has a strong Polish heritage and she...

cotton curtain

cotton curtain  n.— «Cotton Curtain. Five thousand miles apart, two men speaking different languages were last week discussing “free voting.” Said one: “I will arrest any man who is against us…on election day…...

fladry

fladry n.pl. a string of flags used to contain or exclude wild animals. Also attributively: fladry line, fladry barrier. Editorial Note: In English fladry tends to be used in the plural only, meaning you can have “some fladry,” very...

Polonia

Polonia  n.— «About one out of every three Poles still settles in the Chicago region, according to immigration records. It has became such a haven, people in Poland commonly refer to it as “Polonia,” the word for a Polish...

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