The Southern California vocabulary, as endearing or maddening as it can be, doesn't exactly have a reputation for erudition. And we're totally chill about that. The Dictionary of American Regional English, which you may have heard of recently, is an ambitious lexicographical project that recently r ... More >>
Collection of Ken Trombly, Bethesda, Maryland. Photo by Dean A. Beasom. You wouldn't think, in an era before movies, TV, or even radio, that it would take much convincing to get people to a magic show. Even the cups and balls routine must have been a thrilling alternative to singing in rounds ... More >>
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