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Keep Your Powder Dry

Shelby calls from Rockville, Indiana, to ask about the origin of the phrase keep your powder dry. Many people surmise it derives from words uttered by Oliver Cromwell, but there’s no recorded evidence of this. The phrase first pops up in the...

Caster Sugar

Eben, a chef in Lummi Bay, Washington, who blogs about food at UrbanMonique, is curious about the term caster sugar, which denotes sugar less fine than powdered sugar, but less coarse than the regular table variety. The name caster sugar derives...

doda

doda  n.— «Peel Regional Police would like to warn members of the public that a substance commonly known as “Doda” has been found to contain amounts of illegal opiates.…Doda is described as a greyish powder that is...

dry powder

dry powder  n.—Gloss: Capital readily available for investment. «Capital available for secondary deals—what the industry calls dry powder—is about $12 to $15 billion, said Small, whose company manages some $4.2 billion of secondaries...

soul boarding

soul boarding  n.— «Riding the steep aspects and deep powder of the backcountry are what many snowboarders call “soul boarding,” and it is by far the most popular form of the sport.» —“Two snowboarders with Fairbanks ties try to...

step on

step on  v. phr.— «Heroin often is white powder heroin, which in many cases has been “stepped on,”” or cut, so many times that the “high” is weak.…“Black tar” heroin…not surprisingly looks...