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A former resident of Buffalo, New York, puzzles over a strange word in a 12-year-old personals ad. What exactly is a “paratereseomaniac with extensive knowledge of osculation”? This is part of a complete episode.

airplane book

airplane book  n.—Gloss: a short, easy-to-read book. «The man who has written 16 titles, sold more than 1 million copies in Israel and set up his own publishing house (Keshet) doesn’t care to have his titles labeled “airplane...


mummification  n.— «To celebrate the release of Ulrich Haarburste’s Novel of Roy Orbison in Cling Film Wellington publishing collective Lawrence & Gibson will attempt to break the world record for greatest quantity of people...

dark week

dark week  n.— «Demand has been so strong that booksellers and wholesalers were unable to get copies a short time after it hit stores, creating what the publishing industry calls a “dark week.” One experienced publishing...


 n.— «Earmarxists Hear No Success, See No Success, Speak No Success.» —“Earmarxists Hear No Success, See No Success, Speak No Success” Redstate Mar. 20, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)


lily-pad  n.— «This is obviously a system that creates not only stunned authors but also “star” editors. These stars whizz from house to house (often at dizzying speeds) trailing a galaxy of authors behind them; often they are...