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ethnicon

ethnicon  n.— «Dirty Sanchez is just one of many sex acts named after a locale or ethnicity, in a subgenre of slurs linguists call “ethnicons.” These are insults meant to comment on an ethnic group’s supposed depravity that become...

back door victory

back door victory  n.— «Still more fiendish is the strategy of “playing dead,” again supposedly being employed by the Conservatives. According to a series of pundits, Conservative leader Michael Howard has avoided saying...

play dead

play dead  v. phr.— «Still more fiendish is the strategy of “playing dead,” again supposedly being employed by the Conservatives. According to a series of pundits, Conservative leader Michael Howard has avoided saying directly...

hooray word

hooray word  n.— «Yet another feature of the campaign has been the so-called “hooray word,” a positive, uplifting term deployed in such vague ways that no one could possibly disagree with it.» —“British elections a treat...

gronk

gronk  n.— «Delaveris was immediately hooked on prison lingo—and particularly taken with one word, “gronk,” which has myriad meanings. In prison parlance, it’s a derogatory term for inmates used by prison guards. Linguists...