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Da Vinci Riddle

In Leonardo da Vinci, biographer Walter Isaacson notes that da Vinci was fond of riddles, including this one: Winged creatures will support people with their feathers. This is part of a complete episode.

Feather Merchant

Janine in Charleston, South Carolina, is curious about the derogatory term feather merchant. In the mid-20th century feather merchant was used among members of the military to mean “a weakling,” or “a shirker.” This is part...

heritage callout

heritage callout  n.—Gloss: a design that references a particular ethnic, racial, or national group, such as traditional Native American patterns on products targeted at Native Americans. «The design features several “heritage...

featherwood

featherwood  n.— «Though Smith’s link to the Aryan Circle is unclear, white supremacist women are often referred to as “featherwoods.” Smith goes by the nickname “Little Feather.”» —“Suspect had possible ties...

woolly bugger

woolly bugger  n.— «“It’s like a woolly bugger,” the 61-year-old doctor explains as he wraps the green herl of a peacock feather around the metal shank of a fishhook, “but I’m going to tie it like a cockatouche...

ATM machine

ATM machine  n.— «Targeting immigrants is not unique to Oakland. Last month Richmond police were called to investigate the fatal robbery of an El Salvadoran immigrant. The city’s street thugs sometimes refer to Latino and Asian laborers as...