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Dave Shepherd welcomes back the North Carolina Nerd, Howard Shepherd, who is home from his travels to Denmark. Dave and Howard respond to several voicemails and emails about ePrime and puns. (1:55)

Howard shares his memories of his trip with his students to Hobro Gymnasium in Denmark. (8:53)

Revisiting our show on Insidious Idioms, we explain our categories of idiomatic distinctions: national, regional, and socio-economic class differences. (11:36)

Music bumper from by "Make Me Understand" by Matt Thorpe (15:07)

International textures: expressing the same idea in different languages, and the perils of mistaken translation (15:43)

Song: "Fill Me In," by Hollins Steele (21:42)

Rude word of the week: "pot to piss in" (25:41)

Music bumper from "Dancing Cow" by Liquid Floor (27:25)

Variations of idioms by class and region (28:06)

Music courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network

Theme music by Kick the Cat

time: 36:45
size: 25.3 Mb

rating: PG-13 (We discuss some amusing mis-translations of American idioms, some of which have sexual implications in other countries and languages.)

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