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Toodle-oo Origins

Pam in New York City wonders if bidding someone farewell with toodle-oo or toodle-loo derives from the French for “see you soon,” a tout a l’heure. This is part of a complete episode.

bitza

bitza  n.—Gloss: a thing that has a mixed heritage or is made of an other assortment of different things. Note: Also spelled “bitsa.” Both are shortened forms of “bitzer” or “bitser,” which in turn are...

hauterfly

hauterfly  n.— «The fashionista is dead. The term to describe followers of of-the-moment fashion has apparently outlived its usefulness. Among the replacements mentioned by insiders during Fashion Week: fannequin, fashitarian, glamourina...

mud hen

mud hen  n.— «Alaska Air two weeks ago retired the last of its dedicated fleet of banged-up old Boeing 737-200s affectionately known as “mud hens.”» —“Arctic Eagles Bid Mud Hens Farewell At Alaska Airlines” by...

small little

small little  n.— «While Tom Bigler made his mark on the Wilkes community with an accumulation of “small littles,” George F. Ralston, affectionately known for years after his retirement simply as “The Dean,” is...

five-head

five-head  n.— «He’d begin wildly gesticulating his 6-5 frame, arching an eyebrow, perhaps lapsing into his Charles Nelson Reilly caricature, and declaring that “the flop sweat began pouring down my five-head” (Steve’s...

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