Panel Question Dopey Slanguage

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Dopey Slanguage


And now in keeping with the celebration of our country's founding, here's a never-before-heard question for our panelists Faith Salie, Paula Poundstone and Tracy Clayton about what the American government has been up to lately.


SAGAL: Faith, listen to this list.

BILL KURTIS: Devil's dandruff, booty juice, smoochy woochy poochy, love nuggets and pants.


SAGAL: Those are among many other terms that, according to the government, are names for what?

TRACY CLAYTON: I'm sorry. Bill Kurtis just said booty juice, and everybody's acting like it's fine.


SALIE: Does this involve any part of our anatomy?


SALIE: No. Does this involve something we put in our anatomy?


SALIE: Some kind of drug?

SAGAL: Yeah, they're actually - they're all drug names.


SALIE: Drug names.

SAGAL: According to the DEA.


SAGAL: Yeah. The DEA declassified a recent document listing thousands of slang or street names for drugs showing that the DEA has a lot of time on its hands and that drug dealers really enjoy lying to DEA agents.


SAGAL: Yeah, yeah, officer, just go down to that corner and ask for love nuggets. Say that, they'll never know you're a narc.


SAGAL: Among the many names for heroin - gravy, sugar, hard candy and pants.


SALIE: Wait, why pants?

SAGAL: Well, I don't know. It doesn't sound like drugs. It sounds like your grandfather's shopping list.


SAGAL: But really, pants? That just seems - you know, I watch "The Wire." Can you imagine, like, going down...


SAGAL: ...To, like, a tough street corner and being like, hey, I need some pants?


PAULA POUNDSTONE: I took some sinus medication just before I came on.


SALIE: What did you call it, knickers?

POUNDSTONE: Smoochy woochy poochy.


SAGAL: Yeah.


SAGAL: When we come back, Jordan Peele, the man behind "Get Out" and Ina Garten, the woman behind staying in and eating soup. That's all coming up in a minute on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME from NPR.

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