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Meatmonger

At Murray’s Cheese in Grand Central Station, the workers who sell cheese are called cheesemongers. The store’s opening up a new section to sell cold cuts, and workers there are looking for more appetizing term than meatmonger. (Meat-R...

meat bee

meat bee  n.— «In Central Oregon, the two main problem species are the Western yellow jacket (Vespula pensylvanica) and the common yellow jacket (Vespula vulgaris). They are commonly referred to as “meat bees,” Bissell said. They aren’t in...

journo-lobbying

journo-lobbying  n.— «In the US, the integration of journalism and PR is further advanced, and a recent trend has been labelled “journo-lobbying.” Tech Central Station, a Washington-based project pioneered by the journalist...

Nicknames in the Newsletter

How-do, neighbor! It’s another issue of the A Way with Words newsletter. This past weekend's show was a brand-new treat, stuffed full of chewy language goodness. We talked about "the vapors," whether...

poverty pimp

poverty pimp  n.— «They want to know how there can be millions of dollars coming into Fresno to address the homelessness issue and none of it goes to help the homeless. All I can tell them is that there are some very well funded...

Fresnick

Fresnick  n.— «Still, like naturalists taking notes on monarchs, Pismo Beach residents make observations on the habits of Valley visitors—or “Fresnicks” and “Bakos,” as they call them.» —“Drawn to Pismo, two of a kind: As monarchs...

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