What the fox says may be a mystery, but we do know that dogs bark differently around the world. In China, for example, they say not bow-wow but wang wang. Also, the story behind the British tradition of scrumping. It’s not a middle school dance craze, and it has nothing to do with beer — or does it? Plus, recipe vs. receipt, mash vs. press, housing a beer, all bollixed up, and “empty heads make weary bones.” This episode first aired November 23, 2013.
The word receipt is occasionally used a synonym for recipe, as in “a list of ingredients in a dish and instructions on how to make it.” Both words come from the same Latin root, recipere, meaning “to receive.” The use of receipt for recipe is old-fashioned and probably won’t be around that much longer.
Listen closely for the phatic replacements in our Quiz Guy John Chaneski’s game of idle chitchat.
“Ballocks!”, an exclamation of frustration or skepticism, is cognate with the word balls, and literally means “testicles.” Its use is considered far more racy in Great Britain than in the United States.
The Western Folklore Journal of 1976 gives us such romantic phrases as “kisses like a cold fish,” “kisses like your brother through a screen,” and “kisses like a wet brick.”
Photo by Liz West. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Music Used in the Episode
|Alipid||Sandro Brugnolini||Overground||Cinedelic Records|
|Spear For Moondog, Part 2||Jimmy McGriff||Electric Funk||Blue Note|
|Polyphony||Sandro Brugnolini||The Seventies||Costanza Records|
|Roxy||Sandro Brugnolini||Overground||Cinedelic Records|
|Megattera||Sandro Brugnolini||Flipper Psychout||Vampi Soul|
|Deeper and Deeper||Jackie Mittoo||Studio One Musik City||Soul Jazz Records|
|I Can’t Stop Dancing||Groove Holmes||Workin’ On A Groovy Thing||World Pacific Jazz|
|Miami Heat||RKM Music Library||Beat Action||RKM|
|Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off||Ella Fitzgerald||Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book||Verve|