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Taking a Dump on the Ice

JJ spent much of his life in Rhode Island but now lives in Racine, Wisconsin, which has led to some hilarious misunderstandings involving the different dialects of those regions. For one thing, his neighbors in the Midwest made certain assumptions...

Strong Like Bull

A woman in Fairbanks, Alaska, says she’s been described as strong like ox, smart like streetcar. Is that a compliment? Other variations include strong like bull and smart like tractor or smart like dump truck. The phrase strong like bull was...

stump

stump  n.— «In place of two Silverstein behemoths, each designed by a British lord and soaring 79 stories, the PA would erect a pair of short, squat buildings no taller than four or five floors—coined “stumps”—that could be...

low kill shelter

low kill shelter  n.— «The shelter is what is known as a “low kill” shelter, meaning animals will not be euthanized because of lack of space or because they have been in the shelter for a long time. “I would love to say we’re a...

swish and spit

swish and spit  n.— «It requires transoceanic vessels to dump ballast water at least 200 miles from shore. Those carrying no ballast must rinse their tanks with salt water, a process known as “swish and spit,” to kill organisms lurking in...

gating

gating  n.— «A growing number of hedge funds are trying to slow the exodus, because that could force them to dump investments into already shaky markets. They are temporarily preventing clients from withdrawing a lot of money at once, a...

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