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walk the dog

walk the dog  v. phr.— «Another one is a sports term known as “walked the dog.” When a reader shared that one with me, it actually was the second time I’d heard it. The first time was from my wife’s cousin, Tony, who was...

double cousin

double cousin  n.— «The couple celebrates with both families at once, since Zeba Shah’s husband’s brother is married to her sister.…Children conceived from such unions, often called “double cousins” because they’re first...

portal combat

portal combat  n.— «Egosurfing, the popular pastime of surfing to find your own name in cyberspace, has acquired a cutthroat cousin: portal combat. Where once you could claim a certain status simply by appearing online, today’s Internet...

seatbelt

seatbelt  n.— «I went to drop my young cousin at one of these basket ball games and I found a group of teen-agers who were moving around looking for “seatbelts.”…Do you know what seat belts are? Ha ha. They are boxes, or...

IDer

IDer  n.— «“It is no wonder that many biologists will simply refuse to debate creationists or I.D.ers,” she said, using the abbreviation for intelligent design, a cousin of creationism. “It is as if they aren’t listening...

swankienda

swankienda  n.— «I appreciated your “swankienda” reference last week. Maxine Mesinger was my cousin, and it’s nice to see that her “phrase” has not been forgotten» —“Coined word is reminder of columnist, her...