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Who is Chester Drawers?

Some of the world’s most famous writers had to support themselves with day jobs. Martha and Grant discuss well-known authors who toiled away at other trades. Also this week Eskimo kisses, the frozen Puerto Rican treat called a limber, how the...

Terms for Wooden Dressers

Ever hear anyone refer to a wooden dresser as a chester drawers? A woman who grew up in St. Louis only recently learned that not everyone uses this term. Two of the best pieces of information about chester drawers and others can be found in these...

bombproof

bombproof  adj.— «Riders are dressed casually in jeans, workout wear and riding helmets. They’re on horses referred to as “bombproof”—they’re unlikely to injure a rider.» —“Hockey on horseback: St. Louis club introduces...

A Valentine to Typewriters

Welcome to another newsletter from A Way with Words, public radio's lively language show! Next week's show will be brand new, but this past weekend's show was a juicy repeat in which we talked about the demise of the typewriter, surfing...

scratch and dent loan

scratch and dent loan  n.— «A company that invests in high-yield real estate debt is looking to buy loans that have been “kicked out” of commercial MBS deals. Midwest Equities of St. Louis has initially allotted $50 million for...