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Both and “Bolth”

A San Francisco man confesses he routinely pronounces the word both as “bolth.” Grant gives him the results of an informal online survey that shows the caller he’s not alone—some 10 percent of respondents said they do the same...

maitre-dish

maitre-dish  n.— «Both worked at the Fog City Diner; Doug as bartender, Nancy as “maitre-dish.”» —“After a few years, he fit the picture” by Louise Rafkin San Francisco Chronicle (California) July...

contempt-of-cop arrest

contempt-of-cop arrest  n.— «“Once Pirone put his hands on Grant,” Burris said, “he knew he had to arrest him. He had to justify why he put his hands on him.” Burris said Pirone and other officers were angry that Grant...

BARF

BARF  n.— «Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst didn’t name his raw diet after puppy puke. The name “BARF,” which stands for “bones and raw foods,” was coined on the Wellpet e-mail list, where Billinghurst’s...

tuxedo cat

tuxedo cat  n.— «Someone I knew in college rescued a litter of kittens at abt 1 week of age and I ended up taking Gummitch home to my mother. He was a beautiful orange tuxedo cat with striped legs and tail, a lovely face, and a terrific...

non’trée

non’trée  n.— «Bay Area waiters have a nickname for many of their customers these days: the non’trée. Non’trée (pronounced “non-tray”) refers to the folks who order appetizers rather than a pricier entree—a popular practice in...

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