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Set the Soup Outside

The old Brooklyn Dodger Roy Campanella really knew how to set the soup outside! A baseball fan recalls this overheard phrase from a game in the 60s between the Cardinals and the Dodgers, when Campy smacked one over the fence. Grant speculates this...

whisper number

whisper number  n.— «Rumor-mongering, of course, has long been the stock in trade of some on Wall Street. Billions of dollars a day are bet on “whisper numbers” and overheard lunchtime chatter. Information is the coin of the realm. Some of...

strap

strap  n.—Gloss: a firearm or a person carrying a firearm, i.e., a person who is “strapped,” which means carrying a concealed weapon. «A high-ranking gang member who was on life support after being shot, and whose sister was...

snapper

snapper  n.— «Police said a correctional officer overheard Campbell say to Morrissey, “At least I’m not a snapper like you.” Officials at the prison said that in Vermont prisons “snapper” is a derogatory term for an...

pageant hair

pageant hair  n.— «Biotech #1: He hired this blonde girl from Chicago… with pageant hair! Biotech #2: Ew. Pageant hair? Hello, this is New York City. We aren’t blonde, and we aren’t perky!» —“ Although We All Start Out That...