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In colonial times, a sugarloaf was refined sugar molded into a cone. The term sugarloaf later extended to a mountain that resembled one. This is part of a complete episode.

Too Much Sugar for a Dime

Is the term “Oriental” offensive? Where do we get the phrase “not one iota”? Why do we tell someone to “take a gander”? And who coined the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

Too Much Sugar

“Too much sugar for a dime” can mean either “too good to be true,” or “more trouble than it’s worth.” Merle Travis and Judy Hayden sing about it. This is part of a complete episode.

Bless Your Sugar-Coated Tell-All

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sugar hat

sugar hat  n.— «The key is to find a sugar cone (also known as a “sugar hat”) which is a solid piece of white sugar that you can flame.» —“Feuerzangenbowle (Christmas Flaming Mulled Wine)” Celtnet...


belly-gut  n.— «Moshey and belly-guts were also holiday treats. Moshey was both a term used to describe unpulled taffy as well as “clear toys”—candy made by boiling sugar in syrup.» —“Belsnickels & belly-guts: Holiday...