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Philtrum, the Love Dimple

Greetings earthlings! In our latest podcast, Martha muses about the "love dimple." You know, that little dent in your upper lip? It's called a "philtrum." The erotic origins of this word prove once again that etymology is...

Shorthand of Backhands and Forehands

Greetings, oh wise ones. Here's another podcast, this one featuring a slang quiz on the word "phonemarking." In our discussion forums we're still taking entries to win a copy of Jeff Prucher's book, "The Oxford Dictionary...

Tsinoy

Tsinoy  n.— «Of late, there has been the coinage of this term “tsinoy,” purportedly to mean Chinese-Filipino.» —“Greetings in the Lunar New Year” by Linda Grace Cariño Sun Star (Baguio City...

cellie

cellie  n.— «“Well cellie what can I say,” says an entry inside a card to a member of a central L.A. street gang. “Happy Birthday homie. I got nothing but love for you.…Homies will celebrate later, I promise you. All...

llavero

llavero  n.— «Another card shows a young man in a wizard’s hat holding a set of keys: a sign that the recipient is a “llavero”—the shot-caller who “holds the keys” to big decisions in the yard.» —“Sending...

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