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Etymology of Butterfly

A caller suspects that the word butterfly derives from a reversal of the expression “flutter by.” But is it? Her question leads to a discussion of butterfly behavior and a handy five-letter word that means “caterpillar poop.”...

banging

banging  n.— «According to the complaint, the defendants:…Obtain credit card numbers and charge customers’ cards, without permission in a practice known as “banging” or “burning” a credit card.» —“Coin...

burning

burning  n.— «According to the complaint, the defendants:…Obtain credit card numbers and charge customers’ cards, without permission in a practice known as “banging” or “burning” a credit card.» —“Coin...

tag

tag  n.— «Standard paid him the industry standard—a 50 percent commission on each delivery run, or “tag” in messenger parlance. Companies charge about $6 a tag, give or take a few quarters depending on the length of the run, the weight of...

milkway

milkway  n.— «The busy service stations, the “milkways” as they are called in the industry, such as the Shell Gamams Service Station in Khomasdal and the Total Wika Service Station in the City Centre, experienced long queues...

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