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B-Flat Meaning Ordinary

Rachel from Harrogate, Tennessee, says when she was growing up in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, she and her fellow musicians used the term B-flat as slang for “ordinary” or “average.” In the 1938 publication New York Panorama...

Apple Core, Baltimore!

A Madison, Wisconsin, caller says his father will eat an apple down to the core, then call out “Apple core, Baltimore! Who’s your friend?” and if the person doesn’t answer fast enough, his dad will throw the core at him. This...

Federal Writers Project

President Barack Obama hopes to boost the economy by pouring federal dollars into efforts to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, much like the old Works Progress Administration of the 1930s. But how about reviving that other jobs program from...

take a walk

take a walk  v. phr.— «These scores include votes cast and non-votes by members present at the time the vote was cast. This practice, known as “taking a walk” is a ploy some lawmakers use to avoid a recorded vote while actually...

in-run betting

in-run betting  n.— «A particular danger of Internet betting is what is known as “in-run betting,” the ability to bet on a match in progress, either on the final result or any number of propositions, such as how many double...

mobile mourning

mobile mourning  n.— «Up to 90 youngsters with severe brain trauma come to live at Bloorview for rehabilitation, while another 40 or 50 with less severe injuries enter out-patient treatment annually. While they typically make some progress...