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“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...

retime

retime  v.— «Other programs are on hold; only the Cruze and Chevy Volt are proceeding at cash-strapped GM, while replacements for the 300C and Dodge Charger exist at Chrysler only as design studies for now and a number of vehicles ready to...

car czar

car czar  n.— «The loan program calls for the installation of a government official to monitor the money, and to keep track of whether GM, Chrysler and Ford—if Ford does need to tap into it—stay on track to restructure their business not...

whipsawing

whipsawing  n.— «Whipsawing is a term for the corporate tactic of pitting employees at one plant against workers at another plant of the same company. Workers who produce similar vehicles or components find themselves in competition to get...

fastback van

fastback van  n.— «“What is it?” asked a judge for the Eyes on Design Awards as he contemplated the Chrysler ecoVoyager, a long blue capsule with a stubby front end grafted onto a minivan body. He and his fellow judges…stared and...