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Enough Left to Snore

In need of a creative insult? There’s always “When I’m done with you, there won’t be enough left of you to snore.” This is part of a complete episode.

California Language

It’s a brand-new season of A Way with Words! Grant has big news, too: He’s used up his last Metrocard, packed up his belongings, and moved to the Left Coast. He reports on some features of California language there that are already...

.5 generation

.5 generation  n.— «Sociologists call Mr. Singh and his cohort the “.5 generation,” distinct from the “1.5 generation”—younger transplants who became bicultural through school and work. Immigrant elders leave a familiar home, some without...

Taliban union

Taliban union  n.— «The speculation follows much earlier talk that the “Taliban Unions” (as the extreme left unions are affectionately known by more moderate industrial organisations) would be looking to behead Boydy at the earliest...

drop a pickle

drop a pickle  v. phr.— «He got his nickname, “Split,” when he went to a party shortly after his wife gave birth to their first child. Dropping a bomb and having a child are both referred to as “dropping a pickle”...

exit exam

exit exam  n.— «Congress has enacted a federal school reform law known as No Child Left Behind that requires every state to test students in grades three-through-eight in math and English/language arts as a way of measuring national...