Archive for May, 2017


From NKOTB To superheroes we’d love to see! Join the 3some of Zodwriter, Johnny Alpha, and Tha Jackal on this round table spectacle. Where things even got a little hot, and heavy between Johnny & Jackal! via Pocket http://ift.tt/2qtCDRv

A transgender and gender-nonconforming listener wonders if there’s a gender-neutral term for “aunt” or “uncle.” Some people have suggested pibling, meaning the “sibling of one’s parent.” Others have proposed baba, titi, bibi, zizi, unty or untie, or simply cousin. via Pocket http://ift.tt/2rtGZvV

A San Antonio, Texas, man says his 6-year-old son wonders: If the plural of house is houses, why is the plural of mouse mice? And why is the plural of tooth teeth? These plurals are vestiges of a time when the middle vowel sound in some nouns changed to form the plural. via Pocket http://ift.tt/2s3pksm

Why do we call a frankfurter a hot dog? In the late 19th century, hot dog was a jocular reference to rumors that these sausages were stuffed with dog meat. They were also called hot pups. http://waywordradio.org via Pocket http://ift.tt/2qrBWrG

A listener in Port Washington, Wisconsin asks: When is it appropriate to get rid of an old edition of a dictionary? http://waywordradio. via Pocket http://ift.tt/2qr05is

Say you’re introducing someone to a married heterosexual couple, and both members of the couple are physicians. What titles should you use? This is Dr. and Dr. Jones? Dr. and Mrs.? What if one holds Ph.D.? What if both hold doctorates? http://waywordradio.org via Pocket http://ift.tt/2rLbm0W

An Evansville, Indiana, says she responds to the question How are you? with a phrase she adopted from her grandmother: If I was any better, I’d be twins. via Pocket http://ift.tt/2rb9wFO

When you quit something abruptly, you’re said to quit cold turkey. This expression’s origin is unknown, although its earliest recording uses are from 19th-century boxing. http://waywordradio.org via Pocket http://ift.tt/2s9xVsA

Kapai is a Maori term used in New Zealand meaning “good.” http://waywordradio. via Pocket http://ift.tt/2qoaUFP

The grandmother of a woman in Council Bluffs, Iowa, says tousled hair looks like a Hoorah’s nest. Also spelled hurrah’s nest or hooraw’s nest, this means “an untidy mess” or “a commotion.” Its origin is uncertain. via Pocket http://ift.tt/2r8MFbY
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