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Detective Gumshoes is Sneaky

Why are detectives in old movies and mystery novels called gumshoes? The term gumshoe derives from the image of shoes with soles made of gum rubber, which offered an improvement over the wood traditionally used for the bottom of a shoe, since those...

Chawed Rosin

“Well, aren’t you the chawed rosin!” is a reference to the chewy sap of a gum tree, considered a sweet treat. It’s used to refer to people who think highly of themselves, and is heard primarily in the South Midlands of the...

gumologist

gumologist  n.— «Cadbury, which has a gumologist (with a Ph.D. in mineral processing and engineering) on staff, is not interested in the tasters’ personal preferences.…The highlight of the morning was the tasting of several...

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