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Mikka Bozu

On our Facebook group, listeners are pondering whether there’s a word for buying an object and then using it for a completely different purpose — the treadmill that ends up as a clothes rack, for example. The Japanese expression mikka bozu, or...

English on a Ball

Marco from San Diego, California, is curious about why sportscasters speak of a player who put English on a ball. The expression appears to have begun with British players of billiards and snooker, who first figured out how to give a ball some extra...

Gallon Smashing and Catfishing

Did you know that the word rack can also mean “one thousand,” as in, he has four racks, or four thousand dollars? Here’s another slang term: Gallon Smashing. It’s the latest craze in pranks involving gallons of milk, a...

rack inversion

rack inversion  n.— «Independent station owners have been paying higher wholesale prices for gasoline than branded dealers—a situation known in industry parlance as a “rack inversion.”» —“Pump pain hits independents” by...

toast rack

toast rack  n.— «The company yesterday pleaded guilty in the Balclutha District Court to failing to take all practicable steps to ensure Stewart Leslie Michie was not exposed to hazards arising from the storage of pre-fabricated concrete...

rape rack

rape rack  n.— «Cows who are strapped into what the dairy industry calls a “rape rack” and artificially inseminated each year so they will give milk.» —“I Think; Therefore, I Don’t Eat Meat” by Mark Hawthorne OpEdNews...