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To Who Laid the Rail

A caller is curious about the odd expression “to who laid the rail,” which is used to mean, among other things, “thoroughly, completely, excessively.” You can see Grant’s work on the term at the Double-Tongued...


conso-loan  n.— «All members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) may now avail of the new GSIS loan procedure known as consolidated salary loan otherwise known as conso-loan.» —“Gov’t personnel now enjoy GSIS conso...

witness mark

witness mark
 n.— «Correct form of blaze on trees as witness marks.» —by Richard Henry Stretch Prospecting Locating and Valuing Mines , 1900. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)


 n.— «“To the poor is the gospel preached.” They are interwove with the witness-mark of Christianity.» —by Richard Winter Hamilton Sermons (Leeds) , 1846. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)