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A Bird in this World

As members of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club know, Andy sometimes shook his head and declared, You’re a bird in this world, meaning that someone was unique or otherwise remarkable. The expression appears to have originated with the...

Better American Speech Week

On the occasion of National Grammar Day, University of Illinois linguist Dennis Barron has pointed out some arresting posters from a wartime version from the early 20th century. They’re from a 1918 Chicago Women’s Club initiative called...

prebate

prebate  n.— «Malaker said one of the main reasons the plan is called the “fair tax” is because of what is called the “prebate.” The FairTax prebate is a tax rebate—paid a month in advance by the government—on...

firefly moment

firefly moment  n.— «Guests of the Women’s Resource Center enjoyed Embracing Firefly Moments at the Plantation Golf and Country Club with author/speaker Barbara Braunstein. Barbara kept the attendees in stitches with humorous anecdotes and...

smokepole

smokepole  n.— «Sighting in my muzzleloader the other day at Oakdale Gun Club, I was one of a half-dozen or so shooters blowing charges through “smokepoles,” as muzzleloaders are often called.» —“‘Modern’ muzzleloader...

snow farming

snow farming  n.— «The Ski Club of Great Britain reports that Laax has been engaging in a technique called “snow farming” which aims to reduce the amount of snow made by artificial means. Snow Farming works by storing snow in a...

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