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Pronouncing “Colin”

Pity all the fellows named Colin whose name is often mispronounced to rhyme with the punctuation mark (or the body part). General Colin Powell’s rise to public prominence in the 1980’s apparently prompted many people to adopt his unusual...

Goverment Motors

Goverment Motors  n.— «Now, “we the people” are on the hook and are the official owners of over 60% of General Motors. Or as it is called today; “Government Motors.”» —“The GM Bankruptcy: Only The Tip Of A Very...

retronovation

retronovation  n.— «Retronovation n. The conscious process of mining the past to produce methods, ideas, or products which seem novel to the modern mind. Some recent examples include Pepsi Throwback’s use of real sugar, Pepsi Natural’s...

marble fever

marble fever  n.— «But for all the learning there is to do on Smith Hill, presumed Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed cautioned the newcomers to avoid so-called “marble fever”—a term for legislators “who get up here and forget about the...

Romanette

Romanette  n.— Note: A thorough discussion of this word can be found at the Volokh Conspiracy blog. «One bright spot in the colloquy came during Assistant to the Solicitor General Nicole Saharsky’s defense of an expansive view of the law...