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Quare, as in Peculiar

Theresa in Lyman, South Carolina, says her mother has long used the word quare to describe someone who is “odd” or “set in their ways” or otherwise “peculiar,” as in They’re the quarest people I’ve...

Regional Term Pitch-In

What would you bring to a pitch-in? An Indiana transplant shares this newly acquired term for a potluck dinner. Martha points out that the Dictionary of American Regional English has a map showing the distribution of the term, and it’s limited...

Reading Long Material Online

As ubiquitous as social media and blogs have become, people are still reading long form journalism! Grant shares some great ways Twitter has enabled the spread of long essays from sources like The Atlantic and Wired. In addition, services like...

50/50 girl

50/50 girl  n.— «He stands in the Hall of Flags in front of the young women selling charity raffle tickets—often called the “50-50 girls,” for the distribution of the raffle proceeds: half to the winner, half to charity...

DISCO

DISCO  n.— «Senior officials of different power distribution companies (DISCOs) also termed the current loadshedding unprecedented, especially in rural areas, and said the present shortage was a catastrophe in Pepco’s history...