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Bozo Buttons

Michael in San Diego, California, plays a game with his three-year-daughter that involves spotting small round property markers in the sidewalk, which he calls bozo buttons. His mother played the same game as a youngster, but calls those metal discs...

Lurve a Librarian

Greetings, Murphys and Melvins and wedgies, oh my! In this week’s archive episode, we talk about these and other terms for that cruel prank that involves a yank. Also, funny Facebook groups for grammar lovers, the difference between...

syngraphics

syngraphics  n.— «Gene Hessler…, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is best known as a paper money expert. He coined “syngraphics” as the term for collecting paper money.» —“Hessler recipient of Zerbe award” Numismatic...

poach

poach  v.— «Burton has committed $20,000 to a campaign for equal access for snowboarders. Earlier this month, he said he would award $5,000 to boarders who submit the best footage of themselves riding at resorts that prohibit them—a...

chicken cutlet

chicken cutlet  n.— «I keep reading about the hollywood stars who use in their own words “chicken cutlets” silicone breasts for extra cleavage for award shows. I splurged and got a pair—I love them. They feel absolutely normal...

lid

lid  n.— «And they give out a “Lid of the Month” award—part honor, part joke, it is a wooden commode seat, which when lifted reveals a mirror and the engraved call signs of past recipients. “Lid” is a term for a...