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Jeezum Pete and Related Expressions

Ellen in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, wonders about the origin of the exclamation jeezum pete! It’s a minced oath — that is, a way of avoiding saying “Jesus Christ!” most likely derived by combining it with St. Pete. There are dozens...

coyoteing

coyoteing  n.— Note: Related to coyote camp. «The remote location of the fire has spurred crews to set up remote campsites closer to the fire’s edge, Freel said, a process known as “coyoteing.”» —“Despite aggressive firefight...

weeper

weeper  n.—Gloss: Related to the meaning of weeper ‘a hole or pipe in a wall to allow water to run off.’ «Six inches of rain between Friday night and Sunday afternoon proved too much for track crews. Crews fought a day-long...

neepery

neepery  n.— Note: Related to the entry for neep-neep in the Jargon File. «Oops. “Neepery” is techno-slang. It refers to the use of excessive jargon. (The jargon itself is “neep” or sometimes referred to as...

cliff effect

cliff effect  n.— Note: Related to digital cliff.  «Over-the-air digital television is an all-or-nothing proposition, Lewin said, meaning a television will either show a picture as clear as cable, or no picture at all. It’s commonly called...

depressionary

depressionary  adj.—Gloss: Related to a depression or a recession that looks like it could become a depression. «The destruction of consumer spending forces all economic actors to lower down their prices. So it clearly has a...

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