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gayby

gayby  n.— «In 1994, Daddy Dave and Daddy Bob prepared 5-year-old Elizabeth Wall for the first day of kindergarten in New Jersey, meeting with the principal in advance to ease her transition as the daughter of two gay men. […] Wall...

Cut to the Good Chapters

Boom! It's another newsletter from "A Way with Words." Get an earful of our conversation from this past week's show: pandiculation, doorknobbing, cotton-picking, enormity, on the QT, and more: Martha's got a foodie treat...

the newlywed and the nearly dead

the newlywed and the nearly dead  other.— «Since our town had no “tech boom” there was never a new influx of young habitants to modernize the landscape. Instead we have what we like to call neighborhoods of “the newlywed...

bottomed

bottomed  adj.— «In spite of the slightly “bottomed” shocks, No. 763, Jeff Druek, manages to finish in sixth place.» —“A Boom Grows in the Dust” by John Thomas Wark New York Times May 15, 1977...

whoop-de-doo

whoop-de-doo  n.— «Another rider racing down the straight called the “L.I.E.” (after the Long Island Expressway) fails to negotiate the washboard bumps, or “whoop-do-dos,” as he should have and very nearly falls...

jingle mail

jingle mail  n.— «When the recession of the early 1990s hit, many owners of converted apartments in the Boston area, and especially those who had purchased them as investments, resorted to “jingle mail”—sending condo-unit keys...