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get-there-itis

get-there-itis  n.— «Americans suffer from “get-there-itis.” Behind the wheel, the fixation on “getting there” ASAP causes people to speed, run red lights and weave through traffic. When nothing must stand in their...

Celebrating Obscure National Holidays

Let’s see… there’s National Cheese Day on January 20, and of course National Iguana Awareness Day on September 8. So it’s only fitting that good grammar should get a day of its own, too. National Grammar Day has been...

recon by fire

recon by fire  n.— «The danger is particularly acute at night. The Iraqis do not have night-vision equipment, so when they spot people approaching their checkpoints they have a tendency to do what the Americans refer to as “recon by fire.”...

goat’s mouth

goat’s mouth  n.— Note: According to G. Llewellyn Watson’s Jamaican Sayings, “A person is said to have a goat’s mouth when he/she wishes another evil, and the wishes are fulfilled. It also applies to one who has the foresight...

man-riding

man-riding  n.— «On Wednesday, the Douglas County sheriff’s office said the two men were secured in a bucket being cabled up 500 to 800 feet when the cable failed, sending the men and the bucket to the ground. The men were in a device that...

spur ride

spur ride  n.— «Because of the possible danger of enemy fighters returning the pilots decided to extract Burrows and Cianfrini immediately instead of waiting for further assistance so they performed what is commonly called a “spur ride.”...