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Reading the OED from A to Z (minicast)

Word nerd Ammon Shea quit his job as a furniture mover in New York City to spend an entire year reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary. The result, in addition to eyestrain, headaches, and skeptics’ puzzlement, was Shea’s new book...

yngling

yngling  n.— «A mystery to anyone without an interest in sailing before those Games, the boat drew headlines after the success of the trio—whose sporting prowess was augmented by good looks—and suddenly there was great interest in the...

swallow the anchor

swallow the anchor  v. phr.— «Where you see yourself in five years: We’ll be back on the boat somewhere. I don’t know where. But I think we’ll keep the house and rent it out; this will always be our home port, our land lock—swallowing the...

boat

boat  n.— «R&B singer Ray-J was recently allegedly kicked out of a D.C Hyatt hotel for noise complaints and being in possession of the drug “Boat,” a street-term for PCP laced marijuana.» —“HHDX News Bits (Ray-J...

boat proctologist

boat proctologist  n.— «One Dutch Harbor resident, Jeff Whited, who calls himself a “boat proctologist”—that is, someone who goes down into the bowels of a vessel to fix an engine or a prop shaft—said, “I hate these movie stars” while...

slip queen

slip queen  n.— «At the same time, state officials are about to launch an educational outreach program aimed at marine boat owners. Nonnative tunicates sometimes attach themselves to hulls. Particularly vulnerable are so-called “slip...