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Etymology of Pessimism

We get lots of calls and emails that take a pessimistic look at the way language changes– which reminded us that the word pessimism itself, just 100 or so years ago, was derided by the curmudgeons of old. People thought the word pessimism was...

home meal replacement

home meal replacement  n.— «In America, though, where eating out is a way of life, the supermarket dinner—“home meal replacement” as they call it in the business—has yet to catch on.» —“Britain tries to stir a fast-food revolution in...

pancake people

pancake people  n.pl.— «But today, I see within us all (myself included) the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self-evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the “instantly...

buttering

buttering  n.— «Spread a layer of mortar on the bottom of the opening like you’d spread butter on bread. In fact, the process is called buttering. Do the same to the top and sides of the replacement brick and slide it carefully into the...

phlashing

phlashing  n.— «You don’t have to take an ax to a piece of hardware to perform a so-called permanent denial-of-service (PDOS) attack. A researcher this week will demonstrate a PDOS attack that can take place remotely. A PDOS attack damages...

water buffalo

water buffalo  n.— «Other times foundations fracture and wells crack, the water draining away. “Water buffalo”—the local term for replacement water tanks wrapped in white insulation—graze in backyards and side lots.» —“In...