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Phrases We Love to Hate

Some words and phrases you just love to hate: “Your call is important to us.” “Do I mind if I put you on hold?” And how about those annoying mid-dinner announcements like “This is a courtesy call”? Martha and...

Pulmonic Ingressive

In Ireland you’ll find that some folks have an odd habit of gasping in mid-conversation. A Texan who lived in Dublin for years says he found this speech trait disconcerting. The hosts explain that this “pulmonic ingressive” is...

mental-pause

mental-pause  n.— «I sold all my scuba diving equipment and now I’m waiting for my new DFX to arrive from a dealer. My wife said I’m going thru Mid-Life- “Mental”-Pause again.» —“Whites DFX Users Classroom Forum: Newbie...

cheese curtain

cheese curtain  n.— «Mid November, behind the cheese curtain is not known for its balmy climes or great trail conditions, but this particular November day turned out to be dry, with a few peaks at blue sky.» —“BBRS Ride with the...

lesbian zip code

lesbian zip code  n.— «Margaret Coble, 38, lived in an apartment in Mid City, an area affectionately known as the “lesbian zip code,” she says.» —“New Orleans after Katrina: ‘This is home’” by John...