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Conquer the Con Quiz

Quiz Guy John Chaneski’s game is based on the names of cities and states where the National Puzzlers’ League has held its annual convention over the past few years. Attendees came up with a punny moniker for each that incorporates the...

Never Saying Goodbye

Kristin in San Clemente, California, wonders why actors in old movies often hang up the phone without saying goodbye. It’s not just old movies! In fact, you can watch supercuts of lots of modern movies where the same thing happens. Although...

Capitalizing I

Does capitalizing the pronoun I feel like aggrandizing your own self-importance? Timna, an English Composition professor at an Illinois community college, reports that a student refused to capitalize this first person pronoun, arguing that to do so...

19th hole

19th hole  n.— Note: A customary name for a bar that caters to golfers or for a round of drinking after a golf match. «The convention at the Desert Springs J. W. Marriott formally began on Sunday, with a golf tournament, featuring a “19th...

Texas two-step

Texas two-step  n.— «San Antonio-area Democrats who shared their perspectives on the process known as the “Texas two-step.” The committee will reconvene late next month to discuss possible changes to the rules. The key issue is whether the...

con-con

con-con  n.— «The Illinois Constitution requires asking voters every 20 years if they want to hold a constitutional convention, also known in Illinois as a “con-con.”» —“Ballot trick: Leading language in...