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peachalorum

peachalorum n. an attractive or excellent person or thing. Editorial Note: This word is rare. The second citation is known to have been written by Henry M. Hyde. Etymological Note: Perhaps influenced by cockalorum ‘a self-important little man.’ The...

hotel journalism

hotel journalism n. cursory, non-expert, or second-hand reporting from a sheltered location or perspective (in an otherwise unsafe place). Also hotel reporting. Editorial Note: The first citation is probably unrelated to the current usage. (source:...

puffer

puffer  n.— «Police Chief Gerry Whitman said officers also will be on the lookout for “puffers”—unattended cars puffing exhaust while warming up. The cars often are stolen for joy rides or wind up being used in crimes. Anyone...

fourth point of contact

fourth point of contact n. especially among Airborne personnel, a euphemistic term for the rump, buttocks, or anus; by extension, one’s body, person or self. Etymological Note: The information in the 2002 citation probably refers to the correct...

chones

chones n.pl. underwear, especially undershorts or panties. Also chonies, choners. Editorial Note: Despite its proximity to a mention of lingerie, chonies in the 1928 citation is probably a typographical error for chorines. Etymological Note:...

segotia

segotia n. good friend, mate, buddy, pal. Also segocia, segosha. Editorial Note: The 1966 citation refers to the name of a race horse. Etymological Note: The historical information in the 2004 cite is plausible but unconfirmed. (source: Double...