TagGeography of California

mail-boxing

mail-boxing  n.— «Mail theft occurs so frequently that criminals have even coined a new verb: “mail-boxing.”» —“Mail fraud raises a red flag” The Acorn (Agoura Hills, California) Apr. 17, 2008...

optics

optics  n.— «Optics. This euphemism for “spin”—as in “getting the optics right”—is big in Washington. We hope it doesn’t make it to Los Angeles.» —“How cliche” Los Angeles Times Jan. 1, 2008...

Transmitting live through hellfires

I’d like to give a shout-out and big ups to our friends and colleagues at KPBS in San Diego, who are still dealing with the raging fires there. So far it seems everyone is safe, but I haven’t heard yet about homes and pets. Bravo to...

East Los

East Los
 n.— «Gunfires of east los/everberate in san fernando.» —“this is the city [reply to jmj] /z.” by Zita Maria Evensen Usenet: rec.arts.poems Oct. 18, 1993. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

boulevard stop

boulevard stop  n.— «Many people don’t understand that a signal can be good…in a way that moves traffic through better than a boulevard stop.» —“Final Mayfield approval delayed” by Jocelyn Dong Palo Alto...

people of pallor

people of pallor  n.— «“White” only describes what a few people look like, and it needs a dignified euphemism, like “People of pallor.”» —“Kiss Me—I’m “White’” by Rob Morse San Francisco...