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Minima and Maxima

Celia, from Spokane, Washington, is unhappy that fewer and fewer English speakers seem aware of the correct plurals of Latin and Greek words. She is bothered, for example, when someone refers to minimums rather than minima. Minima is more often a...

Obamanomics

Obamanomics  n.— «The key for Republicans […] is to offer not only opposition to Obamanomics but alternatives as well—but those alternatives needs to sound like something other than the Bush agenda redux, or else there’s no point in...

babymoon

babymoon  n.— «AT 20 weeks pregnant, Courtney Monardo, a 40-year-old processor for a mortgage company in Scottsdale, Ariz., was—to quote Madeleine Kahn in “Blazing Saddles”—“so tired.”…First on the agenda was an in-room ice cream...

firehouse primary

firehouse primary  n.— «In most caucuses, voters debate party platform resolutions, elect local party committee members and then divide into groups according to their Presidential preference. The only item on the Michigan caucus agenda...

brown supremacist

brown supremacist  n.— «Savage added that “[t]his is the radical, feminist, lesbian agenda being acted out on our campuses in a witch-hunt manner against these white boys, very much like the socialist communist agenda being acted out...

brown pound

brown pound  n.— «The Shilpa show also highlighted the economic strength of Britain’s Asian community—not only as consumers but also as wealth creators. The strength of what is called the “brown pound” has become more important...