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Oh My Lady Gaga

It’s another newsletter from “A Way with Words.” Woot! In last weekend’s episode: Is it wrong to type two spaces after a period? We arm-wrestle over that, and talk about the odd language in “True Grit.” Also...

steeplejacking

steeplejacking  n.— «Let me now explain “steeplejacking.”  This is what happens when mainstream denominational churches lose their congregational members to a nearby evangelical church. In very simple terms this is where members are...

desert cooler

desert cooler  n.— Note: Wikipedia has a decent entry for this type of air conditioner. Collins is the only mainstream dictionary publisher to include the term, but does so with an outdated definition: “a cooling device in which air is...

mascara

mascara  n.— «The A5 coupe, on which this convertible is based, was a breakout car for Audi in 2008, not only for its lovely proportions but also because it was the first mainstream Audi to feature the now-signature LED headlight...

Birther

Birther  n.— «Bill Clinton had the Vince Foster “murder.” George W. Bush had 9/11 Truth. And the new administration has brought with it a new culture of conspiracy: The Birthers. Out of the gaze of the mainstream and even the...

Obamadolatry

Obamadolatry  n.— «Obamadolatry: This should be a new dictionary word and definition when new dictionaries are published, one that adequately explains the worship now being showered on the President-elect. The worship Obama now enjoys...

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