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toothpick rule

toothpick rule  n.— «Even so, awareness of the new law is so high that Parven Pomper Vice President Alixandria Lapp, for one, made sure to run its reception menu by a lawyer before taking it to the caterers. Under what is known as the...

Dibby-Dibby-Do, College Slang for You!

Welcome to another edition of the A Way with Words newsletter. What was college slang like 100 years ago? That's what we talked about on the air this past weekend. We also talked about "go fly a kite," nicknames for Vancouver, and why...

dead hand

dead hand  n.— «Helmsley’s instructions illustrate many of the ethical difficulties with wills. We live in a free society and generally agree that a person can do anything they want with their money while alive, assuming it’s legal. But...

zoochosis

zoochosis  n.— «We know that animals in zoo suffer from “zoochosis,” a term used to describe obsessive, repetitive behavior such as incessant pacing or head bobbing. We know that the law only requires animals to be provided a cage “large”...

blood border

blood border  n.— «She began by citing the history of the drinking age becoming 21 and the problems along the way. In the process of making a unified law, many states set their own drinking ages, according to Meripolski. This set the stage...

racking

racking  n.— «Police point out that spray paint used in vandalism is usually shoplifted from stores, a practice known as “racking.”» —“Salem eyes spray-paint ban; new law would stop kids from buying cans” by...

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