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Hortatory Names

Patience, Hope, and Charity are pretty ambitious things to name your children. But what about Hate-evil, Be-courteous, or Search-the-scriptures? Or Fight-the-good-fight-of-faith? Puritan parents sometimes gave their kids so as to encourage those...

50/50 girl

50/50 girl  n.— «He stands in the Hall of Flags in front of the young women selling charity raffle tickets—often called the “50-50 girls,” for the distribution of the raffle proceeds: half to the winner, half to charity...

charity stripe

charity stripe  n.— «Free throw: It’s the greatest misnomer in sports. It’s neither free, nor a throw. It should be called an “earned, uncontested shot,” but that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like free throw. It’s only a...

YAWN

YAWN  n.— «Now a new generation of the seriously rich has emerged, but with a difference: the ostentation has gone. The new breed is self-made, socially aware, concerned about the planet and gives a lot of money to charity. They are the...

yawn

yawn  n.— «Now a new generation of the seriously rich has emerged, but with a difference: the ostentation has gone. The new breed is self-made, socially aware, concerned about the planet and gives a lot of money to charity. They are the...

lapping

lapping  n.— «According to a Ramsey County criminal complaint, Weeks admitted to taking between $3,000 and $6,000 in proceeds from each of the charity’s monthly car auctions, where he was in charge of handing all cash. He told...