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Telephone Greetings

What do you say when you answer the telephone? On the NPR science blog, “Krulwich Wonders,” Robert Krulwich notes that hello did not become a standard greeting until the Edison Company recommended the word as a proper phone greeting...

stationery wardrobe

stationery wardrobe  n.— «Ms. Kargman, the author of social satires like “The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund,” out this spring, is not only conversant with the phrase “stationery wardrobe,” she has one of her own. It includes miniature raspberry...

whafa

whafa  n.—Gloss: A contraction of “what the fuck?” «Because Probst is a publisher and has an Amazon Advantage account, he sent Amazon a letter saying “whafa.”» —“Amazon is a Gay-Hating Company for...

revolver

revolver  n.— «They also have an $80 million revolving line of credit (the industry calls this a “revolver”) that is undrawn.» —“Petrobank Energy – Company Report by Keith Schaefer, www.oilandgas-investments.com” by...

Washing Machine Charlie

Washing Machine Charlie  n.— «By the time he was 19, McNerney was the platoon sergeant of a mortar unit assigned to HQ Company in the jungles of Saipan, fighting Japanese soldiers and dodging Japanese bombs. One day, in early July 1944...

bluebird

bluebird  n.— «In exchange for this “bluebird”—a sale that flies in the window—I said I’d have to have access to a 3000.» —by Sandra L. Kurtzig, Tom Parker CEO: Building a $400 Million Company from the Ground...