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Podunk, America

Where is Podunk? Grant explains that a columnist in the 1800s used the name for his series called “Life in the Small Town of Podunk,” referring to a generic backwoods American town. This is part of a complete episode.

brown town

brown town  n.— «Colchester has been labelled “brown town” by local addicts because of how easy it is to get hold of heroin.» —“ Heroin ‘cheaper than a night out’” by Richard Martin, Jessica Creighton BBC...

relokill

relokill  n.— «Eight years ago, it adopted a relocation program. About 230 deer were trapped and removed from the city at a cost of $360 per deer. A study found that roughly 20 percent died from the trauma of being moved. Some residents...

double-dekker

double-dekker  n.— «The two-hour rally, flagged off from a city college grounds in upscale Basavangudi suburb, once populated by conservative Brahmins, culminated at Town Hall for a public meeting to the beats of drums, blaring music and a...

ring game

ring game  n.— «Dances were often held at ranch houses, but many Baptists opposed dancing to music. Still wanting to dance, Bill and his friends solved this dilemma by participating in what was known as “ring games.” As in...

empathy belly

empathy belly  n.— «The Cape Town sports journalist recently took on the arduous labours of a pregnant woman by donning a fake pregnant belly better known as an “empathy belly” for the last few months of his wife’s pregnancy...

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