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landfill indie

landfill indie  n.— «Commentators have gone so far as to coin the derogatory term “landfill indie” for the glut of ho-hum groups whose gritty slice-of-life aesthetic is, let’s be honest, the last thing we’re in the humour for...

Polly Wanna Cracker?

A man who owns a parrot says that when people see his bird, they invariably ask the question “Polly wanna cracker?” He wonders about the origin of that psittacine phrase, meaning parrot-like. One of the earliest uses of the phrase so far...

dark green

dark green  adj.— «Some environmental funds, for example, only invest in clean-technology companies promoting a cleaner environment; such funds are often known as “dark green.”» —“With ethical stocks struggling, is it time...

pizza stone

pizza stone  n.— «Baking stone: A stone creates a more even temperature and the crunchy-chewy crust that bakers seek. Also known as a pizza stone, this large porous tile can be left in the bottom of the oven at all times to even the heat...

trees

trees  n.pl.— «Cedarberg told police Hill had given her $20 to sign for the packages but denied knowing what was in them. She said after the packages arrived she heard Hill on the phone telling someone he had the “trees,” a term for...

banana bender

banana bender  n.— «When speaking of Johnson, a “banana bender,” the term for all Queenslanders. It is said they spend their time putting the bends into bananas.» —“ Bend it like Johnson” by Kevin...

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