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Long John Donuts

Max from Sacramento, California, is curious about why the long, frosted doughnut with no filling that he grew up calling a long john goes by so many other names, including longie, bar doughnut, chocolate bar, maple bar, and maple stick. Food names...

Johnny on the Spot

Does johnny-on-the-spot refer to a person or a porta-potty? Or both? The term johnny-on-the-spot, meaning a fellow who helpfully shows up at just the right instant, dates to the 1870s. But in the early 1900s, the john became a common euphemism for...

pizza

pizza  n.— «Wolski, alone in the right circle, one-timed a slap shot past Backstrom to the short side, after a saucer crossing pass from John-Michael Liles. In hockey parlance, Liles’ pass is known as a “pizza,” and...

thunderbucket

thunderbucket  n.— «Personally I like having a nice mag to read while riding the thunderbucket aka the john.» —“That Sound You Heard Was the American Car Magazine Business Downshifting: 0-60 Debuts” by...

puertorro

puertorro  n.— «John Ruiz es mas puertorro que usted y su hijo juntos.» —“Re: Carta abierta al pueblo de PR de don Félix Trinidad” by shaftone Usenet: soc.culture.puerto-rico Mar. 13, 2001. (source: Double-Tongued...