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Gracious Plenty

When somebody sneezes, we say bless you or gesundheit. But suppose that person coughs. Are you supposed to say something — or are they? Plus, Mexican standoffs, gracious plenty, linguistic false friends, southpaw vs. northpaw, the slang of rabbit...

Right On

Is the expression right on! just an outdated relic of hippie talk, or is it making a comeback? The Journal of American Folklore traces it back to at least 1911, but it gained traction among African-Americans and hippies in the ’60s and ’70s, and now...

heinie

heinie  n.— Note: Perhaps a play off of “Heinie,” now outdated slang for a German. «The evening crowd at Kirmser’s dressed like everyone else, the men with our hair clipped short, sometimes in a military-cut heinie.» —by...

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 Collins is the only mainstream dictionary publisher to include the term, but does so with an outdated definition: “a cooling device in which air is...

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