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Fibber McGee Junk Drawer

The Fibber McGee drawer is that essential place where you quickly shove a bunch of junk when you need to clean up fast and don’t have the time or care to organize anything. It comes from the old radio comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly, which...

Closeteering

An ailurophile from Dallas, Texas, wrote us to say her cat has a hobby of poking around in the closet and finding hidden nooks to nap in, or as she calls it, closeteering. That’s also a great term for generally digging around in the closet for...

Bull in a China Shop

A clumsy person may be known as a bull in a china shop or a bull in a china closet. The former came into use first, in the early 1800s, but bull in china closet is more evocative. Plus, according to the MythBusters, a bull in a china shop is...

Like a Boss

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s witches’ knickers! What do you call stray plastic bags that litter the landscape? Also, what it means to do something like a boss, how to hyphenate correctly, and why we say we have a crush on...

scrotology

scrotology  n.— «He takes a dim view of the film’s “scatology and scrotology”-based humor, saying that it’s not that Apatow’s characters “have to talk dirty; it’s their only lexicon.”» —“Peter Bart: Variety’s...

glass closet

glass closet  n.— «There are still many performers and industry notables, he says, who threaten to sue if their sexuality is revealed. Others live gay social lives but don’t talk about their sexuality—the so-called “glass closet...