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Taken to Raise

A listener reports being puzzled by a phrase she heard from a woman for whom she’d done a small favor: Did you think you’d taken me to raise? Heard mainly in Kentucky and Ohio, this phrase is a joking suggestion that the person who has...

Lass on a Ledge Limerick

A listener in Abu Dhabi responded to our request for literary limericks with one of her own. It starts with “There once was a lass on a ledge….” This is part of a complete episode.

Origin of Bespoke

Bespoke, as in bespoke tailored clothing, comes from an old word meaning “spoken for”—to bespeak means to request or order a good or service. This is part of a complete episode.

11 or 22 or 44 or 66 or even 77

Every once in a while we ask you for money. Please donate now. Use the forms and fields below. If everybody who’s reading this right now sent in just $11 — that’s eleven dollars — we’d completely meet our budget and finish off the...