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Ultimate Slang Dictionary

When it comes to language, who’s the decider? Grant explains how grammar rules develop. Also, what’s tarantula juice, and what’s the difference between a muffin top and a smiley? We discuss these and other terms from Green’s...

Acetabulum

A dental student wonders about acetabulum, the anatomical term for the hip socket. Martha traces it back to the Latin word for “vinegar cup.” In ancient Rome, households had a vinegar cup on the dinner table for dipping bits of food. The...

weed in a can

weed in a can  n.— «“Drank” is being billed as the anti-energy drink, to help you relax and soothe out the day. The key ingredients in the grape-flavored drink are melatonin, valerian root and rose hip. Those are all herbs used to...

hip pocketing

hip pocketing  n.— «Robinson says she was led into fake auditions only to be sexually propositioned, a practice known as “hip pocketing.”» —“B.C. model suing Hollywood agency for alleged assault” by Andrew...

hip line

hip line  n.— «The side panel lines just beneath the windows—”hip lines” in auto industry parlance—slant upward. Viewed from the front in conjunction with the triple-lipped face, the look is delightfully menacing, sort of like...

foot drop

foot drop  n.— «I underwent a hip operation in 1997 and was attempting to get back in trim but was concerned about my right leg, I had something called “foot drop.” It didn’t lift up and didn’t quite work.» —“How MS has...