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Second Shift Spouse

What’s the best term for an ex-wife’s new husband? A caller in Chico, California, is friendly with both his ex-wife and her new love, and wonders if there’s a more civil term than floozy. Other options: the second shift, and...

“Doozy” is Not from the Car

On a previous episode, we discussed the origins of doozy, and boy did we get some responses! Many of you called and wrote to say that the Duesenberg luxury car is the source of the term. While the car’s reputation for automotive excellence may...

Doozy

The term doozy (or doozie), which refers to something good or first rate, may derive from daisy, as in the flower, sometimes considered an example of excellence. It might also have to do with the Italian actress Eleanora Duse, who toured the States...

Naming Aspirin

Aspirin is now a generic drug, but it was once a brand-name product made by Bayer. It’s just one of many genericized trademarks, also known as proprietary eponyms, which includes not only aspirin, but kerosene, dry ice, and cellophane. This is...

Ken-Taco-Hut

Ken-Taco-Hut n. a fast-food restaurant that combines three Yum! Brands restaurants, KFC (formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken), Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut. Also Kentacohut. Editorial Note: Yum! Brands was spun-off from PepsiCo in 1997. (source: Double...