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liar’s loan

liar’s loan  n.— «You rarely hear anything about individual borrowers who tell little white lies, the ones who obtain so-called “liar loans,” but they’re just as prevalent, if not more so. A young New Jersey couple, “the...

petbull

petbull  n.— «Pit bull enthusiasts, who sometimes refer to the dogs as “petbulls,” devote Web sites to changing perceptions about the animal. They note that one of the most beloved dogs of television and film fame—Petey of...

distory

distory  n.— «People who examine how the Disney corporation interprets and presents historical themes to the public have coined the term “distory” to describe the “dis”tortions and “dis”information...

spange

spange  v.— «Along the way, she bums a nickel here, a quarter there. The kids call it “spanging”—begging spare change. It is how they buy food and coffee and cigarettes without selling themselves or drugs.…She tries to...

Afghanistanism

Afghanistanism  n.— «For years, Americans went about their daily lives under the false impression that faraway places like Afghanistan didn’t matter. Newspapers even had a term for news stories that were irrelevant to local readers:...

rag horn

rag horn  n.— «“The first time we saw it we were about 400 or 500 yards away, and we saw it up on this ridge with a bunch of cows. And we said “Oh, he’s just a rag horn’” Ralph said, referring to the term for a bull with small...