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Ladies Who Lunch Mondegreen

Sandee from New York City thought that she was the only person who had misunderstood a line from the song “Ladies Who Lunch” from the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, memorably performed on Broadway by Elaine Stritch. Years later...

All Girled Up

More than a century ago, the Springfield Republican newspaper in Massachusetts proposed a new word for that twitterpated time in an adolescent’s life when one discovers the joys of flirtation: being all girled up. The Republican is also the...

Mash the Brake

To mash the brake or mash the elevator button comes from a Southern instance of mash meaning “to press something hard.” This is part of a complete episode.

reverse racial pass

reverse racial pass  n.— «These scenarios all involve what is sometimes termed the “reverse racial pass,” which Philip Brian Harper has defined as “any instance in which a person legally recognized as white effectively...

misprison

misprison  n.— Note: Same as misprision. «Technically, the legal question in this instance involves what the law calls “misprison of a felony,” which sets a legal standard that Obama’s “sin of omission” does not...

knol

knol  n.— «Earlier this week, we started inviting a selected group of people to try a new, free tool that we are calling “knol,” which stands for a unit of knowledge.…At the heart, a knol is just a web page; we use the...