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A Borrowed Day

An email from Sam Rittenberg in New York, New York, describes his mother’s use of borrowed day, a term so closely associated with her that her family had it inscribed on her tombstone. This is part of a complete episode.

Long Arms Sentence Tweet

Here’s a great sentence by Phil Jackson, tweeted by writer Sam Anderson: “I was 6’6″ in high school … arms so long I could sit in the backseat of a car and open both front doors at the same time.” This is part of...

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat

The biblical king Jehoshaphat is the inspiration for the exclamation “jumpin’ Jehosaphat!” This alliterative idiom probably arose in the 19th century but was popularized by the cartoon character Yosemite Sam in the 20th century...

Cathead Biscuits

Ever eaten golden catheads for breakfast? Yum! A listener shares this Southern term for big, fluffy biscuits. Also, how did people greet each other before “hello” became a standard greeting of choice? What does it mean if someone’s...