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What To Serve At A State Of The Union Party: 'Sour Grapes And Whine'

Plenty of people are ready to offer advice on noshing options when it comes to the Super Bowl. But what do you serve when the occasion for gathering in front of our screens is President Obama's State of the Union address?

When NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro posed that question to his 125,000 Facebook followers earlier Tuesday, plenty of people jumped at the chance to toss off a bon mot.* Among our favorites:

Of course, you could just skip the edibles and jump right to one of the many drinking games that tend to circulate on the Internet when the president's address rolls around each year. (The rules vary depending on the game, but you can bet that if Obama declares the state of the union is "strong," yep, you'll be drinking.)

But you won't find Ari knocking back those shots — or at any soirees.

"I'm the NPR equivalent of the cabinet member who sits out SOTU in case a catastrophe befalls the capitol," he tells The Salt. "I'll watch the speech from home, waking up early tomorrow to travel with Obama to North Carolina."

*It's Mardi Gras, so we're going French here.

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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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