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Brand names, children’s games, and the etiquette of phone conversations. Those clever plastic PEZ dispensers come in all shapes and sizes—but where did the word PEZ come from? The popular candy’s name is the product of wordplay involving...

Pez Name Origins

When an Austrian candy maker needed a name for his new line of mints, he took the first, middle, and last letters of the German word pfefferminz, or “peppermint,” to form the brand name PEZ. He later marketed the candies as an...

greenscam

greenscam  n.— «Ethanol, dressed down as a mere granola greenscam, is the lingua franca of politicians whose mainstay is corporate welfare. They arrange government subsidies, and the corporations arrange campaign friendships. It’s like a...