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13 Sonorous Terms for Snoring from Across the U.S.

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 90 million Americans experience some kind of snoring activity, from simple snoring to sleep apnea. That’s a lot of people blowing Zs (as they might say in Pennsylvania), which requires a lot of ways to say "snore." Here are 13 from across the U.S., brought to you thanks to our friends at the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), in honor of Stop Snoring Day.

1. SAW LOGS

To saw or cut logs is a snoring expression that’s widespread except in the Northeast. You could also say you’re sawing big logs or sawing logs and stacking them.

2. SAW WOOD

Variations include chop wood, cut timber, cut wood, and buzz wood. The use of these terms is widespread but less frequent in the South Atlantic, Inland South, and Lower Mississippi Valley.

3. SAW (OR CUT) GOURDS

Like sawing logs or wood, except with gourds. Chiefly used in the South and South Midland.

4. HIT A KNOT

Knots in wood are dense. Hence, all the sawing noise comparable to snoring. Hit a knot is lumberjack lingo that might be heard in New England and the Great Lakes region, as well as California and Colorado.

5. TAKE TWO ROWS AT A TIME

This South Midland idiom meaning to sleep very soundly or to snore might refer to working two rows at a time in a field with some type of farming machinery, resulting in double the commotion.

6. MOW HAY

We’d say some somnolent sounds are definitely as loud as a hay mower. This term might be used in California.

7. CALL HOGS

This term chiefly used in the South and South Midland is attested in both Scotland and England, according to DARE, where call comes from the Scots word meaning “to drive” and hog actually refers to a yearling sheep. (The English hog refers to, well, a hog.) Variations include call pigs, cows, or dogs, and drive pigs.

8. AND 9. PULL CORN AND CRACK CORN

You might hear pull corn—meaning to pick or gather in corn—in Florida and Virginia, while crack corn might be used in Indiana. To crack corn means to crush it into small pieces.

10. RAKE UP THE COALS

Snoozing up a storm in Massachusetts? You’re raking up the coals.

11. KNOCK OR RATTLE THE SHINGLES

Refers to any clamorous activity, especially snoring, and includes variations such as rip or tear. “You sure ripped off a heap of shingles last night!” you might tell a vociferous slumberer, as per a quote in DARE. Or of a boisterous party: “They certainly tore off the shingles last night.”

12. GRIND GRAVEL

This saying for rowdy repose might be used in Wisconsin.

13. COOK TURNIPS

Named for the turbulent activity of boiling root vegetables, cook turnips is a chiefly Pennsylvanian term. Variations include cook coffee and cook (or boil) cabbage.

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Let Alexa Help You Brine a Turkey This Thanksgiving
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There’s a reason most of us only cook turkey once a year: The bird is notoriously easy to overcook. You could rely on gravy and cranberry sauce to salvage your dried-out turkey this Thanksgiving, or you could follow cooking advice from the experts.

Brining a turkey is the best way to guarantee it retains its moisture after hours in the oven. The process is also time-consuming, so do yourself a favor this year and let Alexa be your sous chef.

“Morton Brine Time” is a new skill from the cloud-based home assistant. If you own an Amazon Echo you can download it for free by going online or by asking Alexa to enable it. Once it’s set up, start asking Alexa for brining tips and step-by-step recipes customized to the size of your turkey. Two recipes were developed by Richard Blais, the celebrity chef and restaurateur best known for his Top Chef win and Food Network appearances.

Whether you go for a wet brine (soaking your turkey in water, salt, sugar, and spices) or a dry one (just salt and spices), the process isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. And the knowledge that your bird will come out succulent and juicy will definitely take some stress out of the holiday.

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Why Do the Lions and Cowboys Always Play on Thanksgiving?
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Because it's tradition! But how did this tradition begin?

Every year since 1934, the Detroit Lions have taken the field for a Thanksgiving game, no matter how bad their record has been. It all goes back to when the Lions were still a fairly young franchise. The team started in 1929 in Portsmouth, Ohio, as the Spartans. Portsmouth, while surely a lovely town, wasn't quite big enough to support a pro team in the young NFL. Detroit radio station owner George A. Richards bought the Spartans and moved the team to Detroit in 1934.

Although Richards's new squad was a solid team, they were playing second fiddle in Detroit to the Hank Greenberg-led Tigers, who had gone 101-53 to win the 1934 American League Pennant. In the early weeks of the 1934 season, the biggest crowd the Lions could draw for a game was a relatively paltry 15,000. Desperate for a marketing trick to get Detroit excited about its fledgling football franchise, Richards hit on the idea of playing a game on Thanksgiving. Since Richards's WJR was one of the bigger radio stations in the country, he had considerable clout with his network and convinced NBC to broadcast a Thanksgiving game on 94 stations nationwide.

The move worked brilliantly. The undefeated Chicago Bears rolled into town as defending NFL champions, and since the Lions had only one loss, the winner of the first Thanksgiving game would take the NFL's Western Division. The Lions not only sold out their 26,000-seat stadium, they also had to turn fans away at the gate. Even though the juggernaut Bears won that game, the tradition took hold, and the Lions have been playing on Thanksgiving ever since.

This year, the Lions host the Minnesota Vikings.

HOW 'BOUT THEM COWBOYS?


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The Cowboys, too, jumped on the opportunity to play on Thanksgiving as an extra little bump for their popularity. When the chance to take the field on Thanksgiving arose in 1966, it might not have been a huge benefit for the Cowboys. Sure, the Lions had filled their stadium for their Thanksgiving games, but that was no assurance that Texans would warm to holiday football so quickly.

Cowboys general manager Tex Schramm, though, was something of a marketing genius; among his other achievements was the creation of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Schramm saw the Thanksgiving Day game as a great way to get the team some national publicity even as it struggled under young head coach Tom Landry. Schramm signed the Cowboys up for the game even though the NFL was worried that the fans might just not show up—the league guaranteed the team a certain gate revenue in case nobody bought tickets. But the fans showed up in droves, and the team broke its attendance record as 80,259 crammed into the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys beat the Cleveland Browns 26-14 that day, and a second Thanksgiving pigskin tradition caught hold. Since 1966, the Cowboys have missed having Thanksgiving games only twice.

Dallas will take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday.

WHAT'S WITH THE NIGHT GAME?


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In 2006, because 6-plus hours of holiday football was not sufficient, the NFL added a third game to the Thanksgiving lineup. This game is not assigned to a specific franchise—this year, the Washington Redskins will welcome the New York Giants.

Re-running this 2008 article a few days before the games is our Thanksgiving tradition.

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