Pass the Gatorade! Martha and Grant work up a sweat in this episode as they tackle a sports quiz and lob vocabulary questions back and forth. They also settle a family dispute about the pronunciation of eco-friendly and unlock the etymology of skeleton key.
This episode first aired December 1, 2007.
A husband and wife ask for wisdom about a long-running dispute: Is it last-stitch effort or last-ditch effort?
Double Plays Sports Quiz
Greg Pliska’s quiz about terms from football, curling, and other sports leaves Martha and Grant winded but wanting more.
How do you pronounce eco, as in eco-friendly? Is it EE-koe or EK-koe? A seller of environmentally friendly products learns whether she can tell her teenage son to go spread his pronunciation in the garden.
A Wisconsinite hopes to unlock the question, “Why do we call it a skeleton key?”
Between You and I
A caller in Texas stirs up a spat over whether it’s ever grammatically correct to say “between you and I”— even though Shakespeare did it.
Tape Bomb and Pixie Money
This week’s “Slang This!” contestant guesses what the terms tape bomb and pixie money mean. Improvised explosive devices made out of cassette tapes? We don’t think so.
Record vs. Album
If you release a collection of music on compact disc, can you still call it a record or an album? Or is it just a CD? A musician from Indiana wants an answer.
Photo by Taki Steve. Used under a Creative Commons license.