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Of an Evening

To sip a mint julep on the veranda of an evening may be a distinctly Southern activity, but the phrases “of an evening” or “of a morning,” meaning “in the evening” or “in the morning,” go back at least...

Beijing hack

Beijing hack  n.— «Within a couple hours of our arrival, Elisa and I had already acquired what we referred to as the “Beijing hack.”…He warned that some of the games would have to be rescheduled because of pollution if...

Podcast Bonus! The New Word Open Mic

In June, Grant attended the biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America. One of the highlights was the New Word Open Mic where anybody was invited to step up to the microphone and submit a new word they had coined or found. Grant was...

bomb

bomb
 n.— «Bomb: a diary entry causing alarm but not ticking.» —“Revealed: how to chat up a senior clerk” by Nina Goswami TheLawyer.com July 13, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

twazzock

twazzock  n.— «Raise your right hand, please, if you think the most probable response is: “Gladly. Please find enclosed my cheque…“ Thank you. Now, raise your left hand if you feel it’s more likely to be: “Right...

nuff-nuff

nuff-nuff  n.— «Rachel simplified for us: “If you’re chewing on your handlebars to stay in the break, you’re probably with good breakaway partners who will make the break stick.” Helen clarified: “Yes, and if you’re able...