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First Gentleman

A San Diego resident who grew up in Ethiopia wonders: If U.S. presidents’ wives have always been referred to as the First Lady, what title is appropriate for the male spouse of a head of state? First Gentleman? First Dude? This is part of a...

The Poca Dots

You’re not a true resident of Poca, West Virginia, if you’re not cheering on the local high school, the Poca Dots. This is part of a complete episode.

Sliding Board

When you were growing up, what did you call that piece of playground equipment that you climb up and then slide down? A former New Jersey resident recalls that when her family moved to Indiana, her playmates were startled when she called it a...

Yinz and Nebby

A new resident of Pittsburgh is startled by some of the dialect there, like yinz instead of “you” for the second person plural, and nebby for “nosy.” What’s up with that? For a wonderful site about the dialect of that...

beek

beek  n.— «The increase, he said, is due to a growing interest in the ancient practice of beekeeping, as well as what it means to the cycle of life in the natural world.…Arcata resident and Companion Animal Foundation founder Kim...