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Man’s Best Friend Paraprosdokian

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” This kind of sudden, surprising turn in a sentence is called a paraprosdokian. Martha and Grant trade some examples. This is part of a...

zap

zap  n.— «Following the 1969 Stonewall riots, as the nascent gay rights movement became increasingly combative, a gay Philadelphia teenager initiated his own guerrilla war aimed at television, including the CBS Evening News. Mark Segal...

whatifery

whatifery  n.— «I am glad that my hon. Friend has admitted what I believe was going through many of our minds—that we are baffled by the Minister’s explanation of what the clause is trying to do. I am certainly baffled. I suppose that the...

pizza upskirt

pizza upskirt  n.— «Speaking of photos, where did the term you use for crust shots, “pizza upskirt,” come from? Friend of Slice Kathryn Yu coined the term in a comment attached to this Flickr photo.» —“FAQ &...

blue juice

blue juice  n.— «It’s not clear that this dog has a “problem” worth getting out the blue-juice for.» —“Re: My Friend’s Dog was Attacked” by Michael Mahler Usenet:  rec.pets.dogs May 9, 1991. (source:...