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“I’ve Had The Radish”

Main piece: “I’ve had the radish” as a saying of exasperation and general exhaustion with someone or something. Background: My informant is a 49 year old woman living in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in Joplin but moved around during her 20s, living for some period in Philadelphia. There, she worked for a large… Continue Reading »

“Shoobies”

Context: The informant (T) is a 56 yr. old woman originally from Philadelphia, PA. She owns a shore house in South Jersey where she and her extended family spend the summer. She explains to me the term Shoobie and the negative connotation it holds among the inhabitants of Philadelphia and South Jersey. The conversation took… Continue Reading »

Erin Express

“How appropriate do I have to be?” was the first thing Lila asked me about describing this tradition. Background: Lila attends Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. When she arrived at school she called my friends to ask us if we had ever heard of Erin Express. When we all assured her that we had never… Continue Reading »