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Frogmarch

To frogmarch someone means to hustle them out of a place, usually by grabbing their collar and pinning their arms behind. Originally, this verb referred to police carrying an unruly person out of a building face down with a different person grasping...

Honeypot Children’s Game

Honeypots is a children’s game in which players sit or squat with their hands gripping the backs of their thighs, while other players lift them up by the armpits and shake or swing them in an attempt to make them lose their grip. What fun...

Pinning Manuscripts Together

The cut-and-paste feature in word-processing programs makes it easy to rearrange text. But in the past, some writers literally cut and pinned their copy. At the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, you can see the pins Jane Austenused to...

Pin vs. Pen

Pin vs. pen is a classic example of the vowel merger specific to the Southern dialect. This is part of a complete episode.

sposie

sposie  n.— «Ask any disposable-addicted mother (“dispis” or “sposies” as we superior mums call them) about her impression of cloth nappies, and you will get some guff about pins, terries and boiling them on the...