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Collective Names for Plants

Why not have collective nouns for plants, like a “greasing of palms,” or a “pursing of tulips”? Martha shares some others collected on the site of food writer Gary Allen. This is part of a complete episode.

Tray of Charlotte

Reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, an Indiana listener is stopped short by the sentence “She carried a tray of charlotte.” Who or what is charlotte? This is part of a complete episode.


Ever notice how you can sing the lyrics of “Amazing Grace” to the theme from “Gilligan’s Island”—or for that matter, to “The House of the Rising Sun”? Turns out there are many more examples of this. Is there...

Slang Term “Fronting”

“Don’t be frontin’!” A Texas college student is curious about the origin of fronting, and learns that it goes back several decades to the world of petty criminals. This is part of a complete episode.