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Left in the Lurch

A restaurant manager in Kokomo, Indiana, had an employee who failed to show up for work. This left him wondering about the phrase left in the lurch. It probably derives from an old game similar to backgammon called lourche, the object of which is to...

Da Vinci Riddle

In Leonardo da Vinci, biographer Walter Isaacson notes that da Vinci was fond of riddles, including this one: Winged creatures will support people with their feathers. This is part of a complete episode.

rap

rap  v.—Gloss: short for “rappel.” «He kept falling, flailing and failing to make the moves, eventually just hanging on the rope and begging me to lower him down to the last ledge. He was out of steam; we rapped back to the...

rapso

rapso  n.— «Anchor Marco Werman profiles a musical trio from Trinidad called 3canal. The band specializes in a musical blend of soca, rap and soul, known in Trinidad as “rapso.”» —“Global Hit (5:30)” The...

guap

guap  n.— «Late last night I was watching some rap star or hip hop mogul on Carson Daly, and Carson asked him about “new cool urban” words. The guy told him that the new word for “Money” is “Guac” as in short for Guacamole. Some people...