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Flatter than a Gander’s Arch

Jim in Sacramento, California, was reading The Good Detective (Bookshop|Amazon) by John McMahon, when he came across a description of the Georgia countryside as flatter than a gander’s arch. Just how flat was it, and what’s a...

Episode 1593

Word Hoard

Ever wonder what medieval England looked and sounded like? In Old English, the word hord meant “treasure” and your wordhord was the treasure of words locked up inside you. A delightful new book uses the language of that period to create...

Multiple Meanings of “Loaded for Bear”

Heather from Sacramento, California, wonders about the phrase loaded for bear: Her husband thinks it describes someone who is thoroughly prepared and eager to do something, but her mother-in-law thinks it specifically describes someone belligerent...

Poem on Insensible Losses

We spoke on an earlier show about insensible losses, a medical term for things like water vapor that your body loses but you don’t sense it. That inspired a Sacramento, California, listener to write a poem with that title about great artists...

ghost-ride

ghost-ride  v.— «Stockton police officers said they’re seeing more and more teens “ghost-riding the whip.” It’s a phrase coined by rap artists that refers to the act of jumping out of a moving vehicle and dancing alongside it...