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Episode 1506

Oh, For Cute!

A stereotype is a preconceived notion about a person or group. Originally, though, the word stereotype referred to a printing device used to produce lots of identical copies. • The link between tiny mythical creatures called trolls and modern-day...

Going All-City

On the menu: necessity mess, potato bargain, and other tasty regional foods that won’t break the bank. Plus, what’s a doomaflatchie? And what do you have to do before you rest on your laurels? Grant and Martha share idioms, proverbs, and...

Playful Regional Food Names

Dining on a budget? Just whip up some necessity mess or a potato bargain. That’s a pork, onion, and potato stew popular in Eastern Massachusetts. Or how about some Georgia ice cream? It’s a North Florida term for grits. Martha shares a...

Nails on a Chalkboard

A Lawrenceville, Georgia, woman wonders: If chalkboards go the way of the buggy whip, what simile will replace the expression “nails on a chalkboard”? This is part of a complete episode.

bump-out

bump-out  n.— «The streetscape design also calls for an improvement in pedestrian safety. Areas of the sidewalk will protrude into the street, essentially creating pedestrian peninsulas, where walkers can wait to cross the street. The bump...

spinky

spinky  adj.— «In no more time than it takes to make packaged pad Thai, you can whip up a spinky version using fresh ingredients and seasonings.» —“Banish The Box” by Maria Cianci San Francisco...