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pickled punk

pickled punk  n.— «I found out that in early-to-mid-20th century America, stillborn babies and aborted human fetuses, placed in glass jars full of formaldehyde, were a profitable business. The life of the unborn was protected by law...

soft-seat show

soft-seat show  n.— «Aside from the annual Carnival of Cultures and the occasional soft-seat show, performers tend to play mostly ethnic community centres.» —“Here’s the world for ya” by Patrick Langston Ottawa...

blowoff

blowoff  n.— «The Elliot Forbes speech was what is known in the carnival world as a “blowoff,” long used in 10-in-one freak shows to hustle additional money from people who had already paid an admission price. In any good...

tap-tap

tap-tap  n.— «She leaves the house at 4 a.m. to catch the “tap-tap,” one of the privately-owned vans, buses, and trucks that serve as Haiti’s equivalent of public transportation. The always crowded tap-taps—coined for the two...