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Today is the anniversary of the first broadcast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus – a British sketch comedy series written and performed by Michael Palin, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle. The show’s linguistic legacy is captured in the OED‘s entry for the adjective Pythonesque, used to describe anything relating […]more
Back in the day, the hip-hop duo OutKast released a song called “Aquemini” that goes: Street scholars that’s majoring in culinary arts, you know, how to work the bread, cheese, and dough from scratch This is a little André wordplay, talking about hustlers out to earn their pay. When I heard this and clocked the […]more
Now often known as Welsh rarebit, this dish of toasted cheese was originally known as Welsh rabbit… but why? There is no evidence that the Welsh actually originated Welsh rabbit, although they have always had a reputation for being passionately fond of it (a fourteenth-century text tells the tale that the Welsh people in heaven were being troublesome, […]more