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weeper

weeper  n.—Gloss: Related to the meaning of weeper ‘a hole or pipe in a wall to allow water to run off.’ «Six inches of rain between Friday night and Sunday afternoon proved too much for track crews. Crews fought a day-long...

Churchillian Drift

Churchillian Drift  n.— «Long ago, I coined the term “Churchillian Drift” to describe the process whereby the actual originator of a quotation is often elbowed to one side and replaced by someone more famous. So to Churchill or...

nonplusment

nonplusment  n.—Gloss: State of confusion or befuddlement; the noun form of the verb “nonplus.” Note: Not a new word, but rare.  «Perhaps unsurprisingly—apologies to the good people of 1956 Miami—the reception amid the swizzle...

Long Johns

To some folks, they’re thermals. To others, they’re long underwear. And some folks call them long johns. Are these warm undergarments named after some guy called John? This is part of a complete episode.

bug

bug  n.— «Now that Ms. Studart is no longer an apprentice, her prospects for rides are unclear, especially with more experienced jockeys coming to New York for the summer season. Trainers tend to favor apprentices—nicknamed “bugs” for the...

breezing

breezing  n.— «Ms. Studart starts most days at Belmont by 7 a.m. She spends mornings “breezing”—racing parlance for galloping at top speed—horses for various trainers, her braided hair flying behind her.» —“A Long Way From Home...