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mis lit

mis lit  n.— «Nowadays, there is a mania for memoirs, and in fact there are so many of them that they have come to be called in some quarters “mis lit” (misery literature).» —“Larry McMurtry on Cormac, Heaven’s Gate, and...

frimping

frimping  n.— «But the fact of the matter is that they were transmitting information about their customers to Facebook in hopes of earning more dollars via this new thing called frimping, i.e. pimping stuff to your friends.» —“Hey...

linthead

linthead  n.— «Almost always it features early on the fact that his mother’s family worked in Revolution Mill in Greensboro, that because of his grandmother’s asthma his family moved into the McAdoo Heights neighborhood and his mother...

horseracism

horseracism  n.— Note: This term has recently been credited by Jack Shafer as a coinage by Brian Montopoli in 2004, but Montopoli’s coinage came much later than the 1995 use cited here. It does seem likely to be the sort of word that is...

spare voter

spare voter  n.— «Then there’s the fact that a candidate needs to have the support of at least 15% of the voters in a precinct before qualifying for any of its delegates. Backers of a candidate who doesn’t receive the requisite support...

Death of the Typewriter

Ahoy, listeners! In this past weekend's show we talked about how reports that it's the end of the line for the typewriter have been greatly exaggerated, about "founder" versus "flounder," about names for winds, and we...

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