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How to Pronounce Homage

The punk band Sacred Cash Cow in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, is planning a tribute to another local band that’s breaking up, so they called to ask how to pronounce homage. Usually, if you’re paying homage to something (using the...

Feeling Punk

A listener in Council Bluffs, Iowa, says his grandmother, born in 1899, used to say I’m feeling punk, meaning “I’m feeling ill.” The term derives from an older sense of punk meaning “rotted wood.” This is part of...

Cycling Freds

In cycling, a Fred is a chubby poseur who’s bought a fancy bike and a fancier outfit but can’t even pedal up a hill. This is part of a complete episode.

1946 Police Slang

A Tacoma, Wash., police report from 1946 is chock-full of showy police slang, from the punk on the stem to the handle of the beefer. Read the whole thing here. This is part of a complete episode.


grindie  n.— «Fast forward to 2007 and a new brand of grindie has slowly begun to emerge. Bands and artists who are genuinely influenced by both genres are giving birth to an energetic hybrid of grime and punk and the indie kids are eating...