What’s In A Nickname? Places edition

What’s in a name?  That which we call a city by any other name would smell as sweet.  Some nicknames are obvious. Denver, CO is the Mile High City because it’s precisely one mile above sea level.  Dallas, Texas is The Big D; everything’s bigger in Texas. But which American city can also be called The Emerald City, which state is the Land of Lincoln and what’s a buckeye or a Sooner?

Let’s start our tour of land labels and city sobriquets here in the States. One of the cuter-sounding nicknames is Boston, MA’s moniker of “Beantown.” The origins are a bit nebulous. It could come from baked beans which Puritan settlers would cook on Saturdays and keep warm in crocks by the hearth all day on Sunday when they were forbidden from working, including cooking, on the Sabbath. Continue reading

Lunules and Tittles and Barms, Oh My!

From the skin between your thumb and forefinger to the stringy things you have to pick off bananas, today’s episode will teach you dozens of names for everyday items, even if you can’t tell your natiform from your weenus.

Here are your new vocab words, in order of appearance:
acnestis
niddick
feat
glabella
caruncula
philtrum
weenus
rasceta
pericule
lunules
Morton’s toe
minimus
Brannock device
hallux
throat
vamp
aglet
paresthesia
obdormition
dysania
armscyes
nurdle
wamble
borborygmus
crapulence
crepuscular rays
apricity
petrichor
chrysalism
pareidolia
natiform
phosphene
zarf
anecdoche
kenopsia
monachopsis
vellichor
joska
masticate
misophonia
vagitus
accumbation
scurryfunge
muntin
punt
agraffe
ulage
barm
cornicione
phloem bundle
druplets
anemoia
defenestrate
zugzwang
mondegreen
eggcorn
malaproprism
spoonerism
grawlix
agitron
octothorpe
intterobang
griffonage
jot
tittle
apthong
palindrome
semordnilap
contranym
lemniscate
obelus