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Too Much Sugar for a Dime

Is the term “Oriental” offensive? Where do we get the phrase “not one iota”? Why do we tell someone to “take a gander”? And who coined the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

meat-bomb

meat-bomb  n.— «When I was learning to parachute (or become a “meat-bomb,” as the pilots refer to it) the jump master told us that the horizon-wide landing zone (LZ) contained one object and one object only: a tree...

frailing

frailing  n.— «Among country and bluegrass musicians, Mr. Martin is regarded as a master of a difficult five-fingered playing style known as clawhammer or frailing, in which the instrument’s strings are pushed down by fingernails, rather...

spotting

spotting  n.— «In this case, this was [the filmmakers’] master’s project at the School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkley, and they had to finish up before graduation. Music is usually considered to be post-production...

diamond

diamond  n.— «First sergeants are required to be at least a master sergeant to wear a diamond on their sleeve, which is why they are sometimes referred to as “diamonds.” However, technical sergeants may be selected to hold the...