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Barely Locution

In Chicano English, the word barely, which traditionally means “just happened,” can also mean “almost didn’t happen,” as in “I just barely got here.” This locution apparently reflects the fact that in...

Borrow vs. Lend vs. Loan

What’s the difference between borrow and lend, or between borrow and loan? The real difference between these verbs is which direction the thing is traveling. Something similar happens with teach vs. learn and bring vs. take. This is part of a...

gapping

gapping  n.— «The practice is called “gapping.” It’s when colleges offer students financial aid packages beneath what they need to attend—often driving them to other revenue sources like a private loan or, if they’re lucky, a...

car czar

car czar  n.— «The loan program calls for the installation of a government official to monitor the money, and to keep track of whether GM, Chrysler and Ford—if Ford does need to tap into it—stay on track to restructure their business not...

balloon addendum

balloon addendum  n.— «The friend asked her if she was aware of something called a “balloon addendum.” The addendum states that in 40 years, when she is in her 80s, she will have to make one payment for the entire remaining...