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Whether or Not

Is the phrase whether or not redundant? Well, take this sentence: “Whether or not you like it, Martha is dressing as a ballerina.” Would that sound right without the or not? Now, the or not is technically redundant, but depending on the...

shroud waving

shroud waving  n.— «Doctors recognise, however, that they have far greater credibility than politicians or managers and so are tempted to complain to the media if they don’t like a decision, a process known as “shroud waving...

hypermiler

hypermiler  v.— «If i really had to comment on that, i’d say that if driven for the most milage (like he says…it gets what it gets, he doestn drive it like a hypermiler) it could get more.» —“Turobocharged Insight” by...

weather war

weather war  n.— «In the States, they have a name for the media’s increasingly demented obsession with meteorological phenomena: “weather wars.” Anyone who has watched a US reporter narrowly avoid being blown off a rain-lashed...

hog-house amendment

hog-house amendment  attrib.— «The use of so-called hog-house amendments takes away the public’s right to comment on legislation because a bill can be rewritten to address a new subject after public hearings have already been held on the...