Richard Blanco Show (Part 2): Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
24:40:00 rekindled spirit a feeling whose fire is lit again
24:47:00 tight-knit emotionally close
25:46:00 can’t put a finger on don’t exactly understand, can’t describe
26:36:00 transpired happened
26:38:00 hoopla big celebration, much activity, grand attention
26:41:00 outpouring generous giving
27:22:00 subconscious without thinking about it
27:58:00 underpinnings fundamentals, basis
28:39:00 ski runs slopes of a ski area
28:42:00 green trails easiest trails to ski down
28:50:00 not accomplished not expert, not skilled
28:59:00 blue, black, green trails medium, difficult, easy ski trails
29:29:00 Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) disease that makes people depressed in winter due to lack of sun (and vitamin D)
29:32:00 never much of not very good as
29:43:00 irony when two surprising things come together that you would never predict (for example, Richard has a ski run named after his poem, but he’s not a good skier)
30:52:00 campfire to gather around place for everyone to share some personal time enjoying each other’s company
31:40:00 commemorate create a special moment of remembering
32:38:00 abridged version shortened form
32:59:00 verbatim exactly the same words
33:30:00 Little Ricky when Richard was a young boy
33:49:00 coming-of-age story story about growing up and transitioning to adulthood
34:53:00 Ricardo de Jesus Blanco Valdez Sanchez Morena all of Richard’s six names (most Americans have only 3)
35:10:00 folkloric traditional stories and customs
35:46:00 peg the right name give the proper name
36:31:00 pinching myself can’t believe it’s real, testing to see that I’m not really dreaming
37:08:00 circularity going back to the beginning, coming around again

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.