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Episode 1527

Had the Radish

Your first name is very personal, but what if you don’t like it? For some people, changing their name works out great but for others it may create more problems than it solves. And: at least three towns in the U.S. were christened with names...

Whoop it Up

Amanda in Indianapolis, Indiana, wonders about her mother’s exhortation whoop it up!, meaning “Get going!” It’s part of a long tradition of making noise to urge someone to hurry. This is part of a complete episode.


whoop  n.— «The track, part of the North Hudson County Park, snakes downhill along 800 feet of brown dirt. It has, to use BMX jargon, three ‘‘berms’’ (banked curves) and five ‘‘whoops’’ (bumps). One of the whoops is a ‘‘table top,’’ a bumb...


whoop  n.— «Like all BMX tracks, it’s designed with a series of wave-like bumps (whoops), banked corners (burms), bumps and jumps to challenge the skills of a biker. Bill Gilles, acting president of the Newmarket BMX Club, calls one...

whoop de doo

whoop de doo  n.— «On the second day, we encountered 29 km of whoop-de-doos. For those unfamiliar with dirt bike vernacular, picture the harshest mogul run you’ve ever seen, lay it out horizontally, throw in some sand and you have whoops...


whoop n. (also whoop-de-do) a bump or undulation in a trail used for riding or racing motorcyles, bicycles, or motorbikes. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)