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Navy Pranks on New Recruits

John, a Navy veteran in San Diego, California, shares some pranks played on new recruits. One involves sending a newbie to the boatswain’s locker for ten yards of gig line. In military jargon, a gig line is the imaginary line from the middle...

Pardon Our French

South African English is a rich mix of Afrikaans, English, and indigenous languages such as Zulu and Xhosa. Martha and Grant discuss some favorite terms from that part of the world, including lekker, diski, and ubuntu. Also, where’d we get the...

glue guy

glue guy  n.— «We had a lot of guys in that locker room who were what I like to call “glue guys” and not only was Jeremy a very good player but he was also a “glue guy” and very important to us.…He was one of...

bro-hawk

bro-hawk  n.— «Andrews is fine now, same as always, all full of personality, showing off a new haircut in the locker room at the Eagles’ minicamp, a mohawk kind of thing that he insists you refer to as a “bro-hawk.”» —“A...

leave it all on the field

leave it all on the field  v. phr.— «This is my first NFL game.…Hey, I’m going all out. I’m leaving it all on the field this weekend. I’m not taking anything back to the locker room.» —“Saints’ QB picture may clear up after...

ditched the line

ditched the line  v.— «Yesterday, when the team interrupted its workout for lunch, Jefferies “ditched” in line, prompting a glare from one wronged player, and then took his lunch to his locker.» —“A New Man: Jefferies...

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