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boob tape

boob tape  n.— «“Have you got any boob tape?” one young woman asks, thankfully adding a colourful explanation. Boob tape is double-sided adhesive tape designed to prevent wardrobe malfunctions of the type pioneered by singer Janet...

buzzard’s luck

buzzard’s luck n. bad luck. Editorial Note: This term refers specifically to carrion-feeding North American vultures that are called buzzards. The expression is often accompanied by the explanation that a buzzard “can’t kill nothing and...

perp

perp n. a pup or puppy; a dog. Also purp. Editorial Note: In the 1958 citation, “Perp” is the name of a dog. In the 1959 source, a dog is pictured wearing a cowboy hat. Etymological Note: Probably due to r-epenthesis (also known as...

colleagueism

colleagueism  n.— «I heard a cogent explanation on a national talk show about why no one else on the 9-11 Commission ever challenged the obvious conflict of interest of a former Democrat Assistant Attorney General participating in the...

TINA

TINA  n.— «A neologism derived from Indian politics seems poised as the most acceptable explanation for developments in British politics. This is the TINA factor, which, spelt out, means there is no alternative.» —“Britain In...

on the sick

on the sick  adj.— «The growing number of people allegedly unable to work due to illness is strange, because the health of the population has continued to improve. But in truth, no one now expects what are known as sick certificates to...