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Dumb Brick = Very Cold

Duncan from Brooklyn, New York, says his friends use dumb to mean “really” and brick to mean “cold.” This use of dumb goes back at least to the 1700s, and was originally a euphemism for damn. Stupid has been used as an...

Bungalow Belt

An Indianapolis, Indiana, woman offers a followup to our discussions about various geographic belts around the country. The Bungalow Belt in Chicago refers to a strip of small brick bungalows just inside the city limits originally occupied by...

spike the lens

spike the lens  v. phr.— «In the final moments of the Munchkin Land scene, in which Glinda the good witch (played by Billie Burke) instructs Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road, it’s easy to spot young Priscilla, near Burke, as the...

gasoline siding

gasoline siding  n.— «The wood-frame home, which is adjacent to Vale Park on the south side of Eastern Avenue, also has what firefighters euphemistically call “gasoline siding”—a petroleum-based imitation brick that feeds the...

scab

scab  n.— «Cook also said in some areas, notably on Warren and Fifth streets, when companies would need to replace bricks, they would take the brick out and pour in concrete, making what is known as a scab.» —“What are your streets...

nickel brick

nickel brick  n.— «When you talk about changing attitudes toward people of different colors, or different ethnic groups, one of the things that impressed me most as I reflect back was an activity held at the annual St. Columbkille’s picnic...

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