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2010 Oxcar Quiz

Quiz Guy Greg Pliska presents a puzzle about the Oxcar awards, given to fictitious films, the names of which differ by just one letter from the names of the real 2010 Best Picture Oscar nominees. Here’s one such plot: “George Clooney...

affinity fraud

affinity fraud  n.— «When the scoundrel running the fraud is a trusted person, it makes the crime even more repulsive. Affinity fraud, as it is known, often includes people who put themselves in positions of trust at churches or schools...

skankie

skankie  n.— «It happened a year ago on my first-ever visit to one of the Dominican Republic’s all-inclusive resorts. My friend and I looked at each other, wondering what to do. They weren’t hitting on us, exactly. But, even through the...

rom-com

rom-com  n.— «The Holiday, written and directed by gal-movie goddess Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give) offers a classic rom-com contrivance as Yankee overachiever Cameron Diaz and Brit plum pudding Kate Winslet swap houses and find...

spaghetti bowl

spaghetti bowl n. a mass of complicated relationships within a group, system, or process; an intersection or interchange of many lines, pipes, roads, or railways. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

black aspirin

black aspirin  n.— «In the Granada documentary, Mr Johnson was asked about what patients described as the “black aspirin,” beating by staff. He said: “There are occasions when relationships have been less than...