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Cut to the Quick

If you cut something to the quick, it means you’re getting at its very essence. It comes from the Old English word cwicu, meaning alive. It the source of the quick in the phrase the quick and the dead, as well as the words quicksilver...

roast breadfruit

roast breadfruit  n.— «If there is genuine pride in ethnic particularity, plain and simple, there can be no place for denouncing those who are not so vocal or even ambivalent about ethnic issues. Nor should we indulge or defend the...

layaway angel

layaway angel  n.— «The holiday season has long been regarded as a time to spend with family, focus on what matters most and—when circumstances allow—give back. Anonymous “Layaway Angels” have embraced the essence of the...

mobile mourning

mobile mourning  n.— «Up to 90 youngsters with severe brain trauma come to live at Bloorview for rehabilitation, while another 40 or 50 with less severe injuries enter out-patient treatment annually. While they typically make some progress...

spoofo

spoofo  n.— «One large envelope sent by North Fort Myers resident Julie Jordan contained something called an operatic “spoofo” about Florida retirement life, which included roles for a soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone...