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The Txting Db8

OMG, text messaging! It’s destroying the English language, corrupting young minds, turning us into illiterates. It’s probably shrinking the ozone layer, too. Or is it? In his new book, Txting: The Gr8 Db8, David Crystal offers a...

drunk bus

drunk bus  n.— «As a staggering girl’s stiletto heel punctures your ankle and the guy next to you throws up all over himself, the humid air becomes filled with an earsplitting, slurred version of the JMU Fight Song. Welcome to the Night...

Discombobulated

If you’ve flown from Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport recently, you may have noticed an odd but official-looking sign that reads: “RECOMBOBULATION AREA.” A caller from Madison was discombobulated to see it, then...

latching on

latching on  n.— «Linda Parker, the instructor, shimmies to the right and then to the left, her tan, pointy cowboy boots gliding across the carpet. Her thumbs are tucked into her black belt, a practice called “latching on.” “The reason you...

traying

traying  n.— «Some students, however, decide to head straight to Observatory Hill, adjacent to Elizabeth Waters Residence Hall, for sledding after the heavy snowfall. Thrifty individuals without sleds often use cafeteria trays to slide...

quintfecta

quintfecta  n.— «Several years ago, one of the regulars on this newsgroup (Ron Medley? AsiaSunset?) dubbed the 1600 + 800+800+800 achievement the “quintfecta.”» —“Re: SAT Scores and College Admission” by Gary...