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trip (someone)

trip (someone)  v. phr.— «She went on to say he was “really boring” and that his face was, as they say in Glasgow, “tripping him”—not entirely sunny.» —“Short Cuts” by Andrew O’Hagan London Review of...

nerd prom

nerd prom  n.— «Comic-Con, the nation’s largest celebration of comic books and pop culture, has descended on the San Diego Convention center. It’s when superheroes walk the streets, artists and animators are treated like A-listers, and...

broheim

broheim n. brother; friend, buddy. Also broham, brougham, or (rarely) broheem. Editorial Note: This term was recently popularized by the movie A History of Violence. Etymological Note: The Berkeley High School Slang Dictionary (2004, North Atlantic...

Brownsploitation

Brownsploitation  n.— «Whatever people’s views on the Da Vinci Code, they had better get used to seeing a slew of mystical conspiracy books on their shelves. The Bookseller has coined a term for it: “Brownsploitation...

high-low book

high-low book  n.— «Then there are the so-called teen high-low books for those with a lower vocabulary level. “They are carefully plotted, they’ve got good characters but they are written at a vocabulary level that is better designed...

cow dust hour

cow dust hour  n.— «The “cow dust” hour of evening—how I love that phrase—when the call comes for home and family, and the sky is filled with the green, gold, crimson of the screaming, homing parrots.» —“Exquisite Fantasy...