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Muckety-Muck, Muckymuck, Muckamuck

Niesey from Laramie, Wyoming, is curious about the word mucky-muck, meaning “an important person,” and often “someone self-important.”  Usually spelled muckety-muck, or muckamuck, it’s  associated with the...

Subpar vs. Under Par

Joseph from Wilson, Wyoming, wonders: Why is subpar, or in other words under par, a good thing in golf but nowhere else? This is part of a complete episode.

Vinegar Mother

A woman in Cheyenne, Wyoming, says her mom used to refer to the cloudy scum that sometimes forms atop vinegar as mother. The term has been around at least 500 years, and can refer to the scum on the top or sediment on the bottom. It’s also...

Good Leather

A Wyoming native asks about the origin of her father’s term of approbation, good leather. Grant thinks it might be from baseball, where good leather means “good fielding with a leather ball in a leather glove.” This is part of a...

drain-bow

drain-bow  n.— «“Drain-bows” (Rainbow parlance for slackers) who panhandled and shoplifted.» —“Rainbows came, camped, prayed, left” by Tom Morton Star Tribune (Jackson Hole, Wyoming) Dec. 29, 2008...

third coast

third coast  n.— «The Rocky Mountain region (Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming) is the fastest growing area in the country amongst persons ages 40-60—the classic baby boomers. Also, the “echo” generation, children of baby...

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