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rebluing

rebluing  n.— «The police force has since undergone reform in a process called “Re-Bluing”—a term derived from the process of refurbishing a gun barrel and also from the color of the force’s new digitalized-patterned blue...

porn slapper

porn slapper  n.— «Porn slappers hand out little booklets offering services for ladies of the “evening.” Or was it the ladies of the afternoon, or morning? Anyways they are promoting prositution.» —“Las Vegas forum: OK...

Never Bolt Your Door with a Boiled Carrot

Welcome to another newsletter from A Way with Words. We've got cheese! It was our second week in a row talking about the books of David Crystal. (He deserves it!) This time, we plunged into the rich pages of his book "As They Say in...

momtourage

momtourage  n.— «There’s a new word out there—momtourage—to describe that group of people who provide a mother with the support she needs to get the job done, especially as the new school year starts.» —“’Momtourages’ lend a...

hydromowing

hydromowing  n.— «The local agencies use three approaches to curbing fire threat—prescribed burning, hand thinning and a relatively new practice known as hydromowing, where a large spinning drum with carbide teeth shreds small trees and...

dead hand

dead hand  n.— «Helmsley’s instructions illustrate many of the ethical difficulties with wills. We live in a free society and generally agree that a person can do anything they want with their money while alive, assuming it’s legal. But...

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