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Clothing Duds

A New York City caller wonders why we refer to clothing as duds. The term dates back to the 1300s, when the word dudde referred to a cloak or mantle of coarse cloth. Over time, it came to refer to shabby clothing, and eventually acquired a more...

shaky Pete syndrome

shaky Pete syndrome  n.— «Frank said that also cigarettes were used in place of marijuana at times because they too calmed the men down from the reality that faced them each day. Even with these so-called “stabilities,” some...

body bag speedball

body bag speedball  n.— «As Hobbs and an initial element stormed the farmhouse Monday morning, a second group lugged an enormous human remains pouch filled with water, ammunition and other supplies. Soldiers call this particular form of...

skybust

skybust  v.— «Forget about magnums or, at least, don’t believe it’s a license to skybust. Skybusting is awful. There’s simply no point in shooting too high. You either miss, wasting ammunition, or you cripple, wasting ducks.» —“Savvy...

yowie suit

yowie suit  n.— «Beside the bed lies his combat vest, filled with magazines of live ammunition and festooned with grenades, while hanging next to the Girls of Ralph poster is a sniper’s camouflaged “yowie suit...

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