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Some people are using the word fingature to mean that scribble you do on an electronic pad when asked to sign for a credit card payment. This is part of a complete episode.


Before the days of the Square, vendors had to run a credit card through rough, bulky machine called a knucklebuster that had the capacity to do just that. This is part of a complete episode.

Immense Relief

Uh-oh. Your credit card’s missing. As you frantically search for it, your mind fast-forwards through the bad things that could happen if it’s been stolen. Then, to your enormous relief, you find the card. Is there a specific word for the...

roll rate

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pocket litter

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credit-card banging

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