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buzzard Baptist

buzzard Baptist  n.— «I am what some ministers call a Buzzard Baptist. I never go to any regular service at the church, but I attend all the funerals.» —“Church members coin new definitions of their religion” by Jim...

whisper number

whisper number  n.— «Rumor-mongering, of course, has long been the stock in trade of some on Wall Street. Billions of dollars a day are bet on “whisper numbers” and overheard lunchtime chatter. Information is the coin of the realm. Some of...

coin trail

coin trail  n.— Note: A picture of a coin trail is here. «Staff at Miriam Lord Primary School, in Church Street, Manningham, were hoping to raise more than £200 with a coin trail around their hall.» —“Coining it in for Children In...

coin

coin  n.— «Although Bill Kristol hails the surge as a triumph of “counterinsurgency strategy” in his Time piece, genuine experts say it’s anything but “strategy.” Counterinsurgency, or “coin” in military...

spotter

spotter  n.— «One of the greatest enforcers of virtue—a “spotter” in the parlance of the day—was the Rev. Henry N. Pringle, secretary of the Maine Christian Civic League. He appeared in the Queen City on Monday, June 24, to...

Calvinist Islam

Calvinist Islam  n.— «Calvinist Islam is a term coined by sociologists to describe the Anatolia region’s blend of Muslim religious fervor, hard work and marketplace values.…The region’s mix of Muslim values, hard work and...