Talk The Talk Get ready for this head-to-head batch of bunnies and backbreakers that are sure to have you baffled. That's industry jargon for: here's a quiz, led by puzzle guy Will Hines, about specific workplace slang. You'll talk like an insider in no time.
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Get ready for this head-to-head batch of bunnies and backbreakers that are sure to have you baffled. That's industry jargon for: here's a quiz, led by puzzle guy Will Hines, about specific workplace slang. You'll talk like an insider in no time.


Let's play our next game. Let's bring up our next two fearless contestants, Mike Taylor and Lisa Schreibman.


EISENBERG: All right. Mike, I am told by our producers you are an attorney, but more interesting than that, if there could be possibly something more interesting, you won a Chevy Impala in a contest where you had to stay rocking in a rocking chair for 90 hours?

MIKE TAYLOR: That's correct, I did, yes.



EISENBERG: What - where was that?

TAYLOR: That was in Hartford, Connecticut.

EISENBERG: That was in Hartford, Connecticut.

TAYLOR: Yes, it was.

EISENBERG: And you just had to rock and you rocked everyone out.

TAYLOR: I rocked everyone out.

EISENBERG: Nice, 90 hours.

TAYLOR: Yeah, that was my only chance of getting a car, right?

EISENBERG: And you did it.

TAYLOR: Wasn't buying one, so I did it, yes.

EISENBERG: That seems like a very relaxed - Did you like fall asleep at some point or just keep rocking?

TAYLOR: Well that's the problem, if you feel asleep you were done -


TAYLOR: 'Cause then you'd stopped.

EISENBERG: Well you're going to do well in this, 'cause this is all about staying in one position. It'll be great.

TAYLOR: I'm all set.

EISENBERG: Lisa Schreibman, hey, you work in the Department of the New York Subway?


EISENBERG: You do. We've got a lot to talk about.

SCHREIBMAN: Yes, as do most of my friends.

EISENBERG: Yeah, yeah, yeah.


EISENBERG: I understand. But you also teach urban planning at Hunter College. And my producers tell me that - are you a swing dancer?



SCHREIBMAN: I am, yes.

EISENBERG: How long have you been swing dancing?

SCHREIBMAN: About 12 years.

EISENBERG: Twelve years?


EISENBERG: Oh, so you're amazing at it.

SCHREIBMAN: No, no, you can dance a long time without being amazing.

EISENBERG: You can dance a long time without being an amazing - I don't believe that, but you guys are going to be amazing at this. I can tell with your jobs, it's going to be great. Will.

WILL HINES: Ophira, we have a game here called Talk The Talk. And what this is is a head-to-head batch of bunnies and backbreakers, sledgehammers that should guide us on into the act bumper for the next part of the show.

SHONALI BHOWMIK: OK, wait Will, so you're using game show lingo here, right?

HINES: Yeah. Yeah, that's right. That's right, Shonali.

BHOWMIK: OK. All right.

HINES: Because this is trivia about jargon and lingo that is particular to certain industries and subcultures. So here's an example. Shonali, you as someone in the music industry, if you were in a recording studio and you ask someone for cans, what are you asking for?

BHOWMIK: OK. So we're using the plural.


BHOWMIK: You know, honestly it depends on how long I'm in the recording studio.

HINES: Yeah.

BHOWMIK: So I would say you mean headphones.

HINES: That is correct.


HINES: That is correct.

EISENBERG: Ah, jargon, I get it.

HINES: Yes, jargon. So contestants, I'm going to use a piece of jargon and then whichever of you knows what it really means will ring in, and then whoever gets more of these correct well coulda move on to the final round. All right.


HINES: Are you mentally prepared?

SCHREIBMAN: Absolutely.

HINES: OK. We're going to wait 90 hours just so Mike is warmed up properly.


HINES: OK. Question one. If you're working in a diner and the manager tells you to bring a table the twins, he doesn't mean Mary-Kate and Ashley, what does he mean?


HINES: Mike.

TAYLOR: Salt and pepper.

HINES: Salt and pepper is correct.



HINES: OK. In baseball, an innings-eater has nothing to do with hunger, but could describe what position player? Innings-eater.


TAYLOR: A pitcher?



EISENBERG: You don't even believe the answer, do you?

HINES: Pitcher.


HINES: Pitcher can be -

SCHREIBMAN: I've never heard that in my life.

HINES: Yeah, the pitcher is a workhorse, he can be an innings-eater. He's out there and he just eats through the innings.

TAYLOR: I used to think I was a baseball fan, now I know.


HINES: If you're a copy editor, what punctuation mark are you shooting for if you say bang?


TAYLOR: Exclamation point?

HINES: That is correct, yes.


HINES: Way to go, Lisa.

EISENBERG: I see that now. You were shooting for a bang.

HINES: Yeah, that's right, that's right.

EISENBERG: Oh yeah that was very wicked. I like it.

HINES: We're into wordplay here, we don't have a lot else going on in our lives.


HINES: In a casino, if a dealer says he needs color, he's not talking about getting a tan, but asking for what?


TAYLOR: Chips.

HINES: Chips, that's right. I won't ask -


HINES: Won't ask how you know that.

EISENBERG: Gambler? Yeah.

HINES: Casino dealer's color is chips. Florists put frogs in vases, not to keep away flies, but to do what?


TAYLOR: Soak up water?

HINES: No, that's not right. Reasonable guess, but not what we're looking for. Frogs in a florist shop. What do the frogs do?

BHOWMIK: Would you like a hint, Lisa?

SCHREIBMAN: Sure, that would be great.

BHOWMIK: Cause you're the only -


BHOWMIK: Come on, all right.

EISENBERG: Well played, Lisa.

BHOWMIK: Traditionally -

Traditionally they're made of metal, ceramic or glass.

SCHREIBMAN: They hold the flowers in place.

HINES: That is correct. They're little green spongy things.


BHOWMIK: I consider that a difficult question.

HINES: In a professional wrestling match if you are the face, that doesn't necessarily mean you're pretty, who are you supposed to be?


TAYLOR: The good guy.

HINES: That is correct. You are the face, you are the good guy.


HINES: As opposed to the heel.

EISENBERG: The bad guy.

HINES: OK, if a British stylist says you have bad slap, you are being criticized for what? A stylist - you're about to be filmed or have your photo taken, you might need to get your slap touched up.


SCHREIBMAN: Your makeup.

HINES: That's correct.



BHOWMIK: Correct.

EISENBERG: How much do I love the British? They're so violent, right?

HINES: We knew though - we knew that was hard, but we just kept that in.

EISENBERG: Bad slap, can you not see that?

HINES: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Right out of Dickens.

HINES: You've got bad slap, miss. It's like, what did you say?

BHOWMIK: All right, the winner of Talk The Talk - it was pretty close, the winner is Mike.


HINES: Congratulations.

EISENBERG: Well done, Mike. Thank you so much, Lisa. Well done. And Mike, we'll see you later in the show for our Ask Me One More final round. Give them a hand, everybody.


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