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Rihanna’s hit “Umbrella” may not have had the same ring if she’d referred to being “under my bumbershoot.” Nonetheless, bumbershoot, bumberell, brolly, and bumbersol, among others, are all

Good Leather

A Wyoming native asks about the origin of her father’s term of approbation, good leather. Grant thinks it might be from baseball, where good leather means “good fielding with a leather ball in a leather glove.” This is part of a...

shoe-icide attack

shoe-icide attack
 n.— «Shoe-icide Attack…Bush ducks as Iraqi flings size 10s at head.» —Daily News Dec. 15, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

suicide gown

suicide gown  n.— «Across the way, about a dozen inmates are engaged in a “socialization” exercise. Some participants are chained to benches—”for civilian workers” safety,” as Hong explains it. Others sit...

suicide smock

suicide smock n. an over-garment that is supposedly unusable for self-strangulation and is given to inmates believed to be a danger to themselves. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)