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stripper

stripper  n.— «More daily cartoonists, who call themselves “strippers” and many of whom consider themselves artists, really should consider hiring gag writers, although a few do. Just because you can draw doesn’t mean you’re...

hand-over-hand

hand-over-hand  n.— «He seemed to like doing that too, even though to get him to paste the words on oak tag, the teacher had to use a technique called “hand-over-hand,” which is just about as discouraging as it sounds...

short coat

short coat  n.— «The structure of medical training in the United States is such that after a book-heavy first two years of medical school, the third- and fourth-year medical students are given their half-length white coats (hence the...

coin

coin  n.— «Although Bill Kristol hails the surge as a triumph of “counterinsurgency strategy” in his Time piece, genuine experts say it’s anything but “strategy.” Counterinsurgency, or “coin” in military...

IBGYBG

IBGYBG  n.— «On Wall Street, a new phrase was invented only a few years ago: IBGYBG. I’ll be gone, you’ll be gone, so let’s do the deal and let the suckers pay for it. Now consumers are suckered into no-income second mortgages (:hey they...

Sherman

Sherman  n.— «Among all possible candidates for the Democratic nomination next year, is either Barack or Hillary the best qualified—or the most likely to win the general election? My answer is no. As long as Al Gore declines to take a...