Singing Sand (Rebroadcast) - 30 August 2021

Singing Sand (Rebroadcast) - 30 August 2021

Update: 2021-08-301
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Cat hair may be something you brush off, but cat hair is also a slang term that means “money.” In the same way, cat beer isn’t alcoholic — some people use cat beer as a joking term for “milk.” And imagine walking on a beach with a long stretch of shoreline. With each step, the ground makes a squeaking sound under your feet. There’s a term for the kind of sand that makes this yip-yip-yip sound. It’s called barking sand. Plus, a listener describes some of the English she heard in a small Alaskan coastal town. It’s a rich mixture of fishermen’s slang, along with the speech of Native people, and the Norwegians who settled there. All that, and a triple-threat puzzle, paternoster lakesbarely vs. nearlycomprised of vs. composed ofcarkkittenballthe pokeyhappy as a boardinghouse pupclose, but no tomato, and plenty more.

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Singing Sand (Rebroadcast) - 30 August 2021

Singing Sand (Rebroadcast) - 30 August 2021

Hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett. Produced by Stefanie Levine.