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When “Bad Writing” is Good

Ahoy! In this week’s brand-spankin’-new episode: Great gifts for language lovers, nerds vs. geeks, “tow the line” vs. “toe the line,” the slang term “poutrage,” and the crust in the corners of your...

Romosexual

Romosexual  n.— «Cowboys fans—some of whom have taken to calling themselves “Romosexuals”—love the way he has sparked their team back into playoff contention.» —“Football: Cowboys’ Romo to keep juices...

moving day

moving day  n.— «Lonard was invariably in contention after the opening two rounds but slipped over the weekend. The third round of any golf tournament is typically referred to as moving day. It is supposed to be the day when contenders...

rark-up

rark-up  v. phr.— «Occasionally, too, he gives his team-mates the message if they’re not performing. Shaw takes his “rark-ups” with a grain of salt and then gets on with the job, as he has done since 1990.» —“Shaw rethink...

trufan

trufan  n.— «I repeat my contention that absence of critical sense is one of the marks of the fringefan, and introduce the corollary (observable from the earliest days of anything recognizable as fandom) that argumentativeness is one of...