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email bankruptcy

email bankruptcy  n.— «If you’ve been waiting for internet legal visionary Lawrence Lessig to reply to your e-mail, forget about it. In a script-driven note sent out last week, Lessig wrote: “Dear person who sent me a yet-unanswered...

shot-house

shot-house  n.— «When she was at the “shot-house,” she was asked when she came in what she would take, and her reply was, “A glass of whisky, if you please!”» —by William Tweedie Harry Birkett: A Man Who...

Big Apple

Big Apple  n.— «So many people have asked the writer about the derivation of his phrase, “the big apple,” that he is forced to make another explanation. New Orleans has called it to his mind again. A number of years back, when...

gap out

gap out  v.— «“Also can’t find much on gill mites in my books = what exactly are they?” “There is no such thing, that is why you can’t find it. I’m sure the store owner just gapped out for a second when telling about gill mites...

AP

AP  n.— «Whenever my son, living in Mumbai, was asked why he was going to Delhi, his reply was “to see my A. Pees.” A.P. stood for aged parents.» —“Maybe we should lighten up….” by...

Ja well no fine

Ja well no fine  other.— «The question was put directly to new secretary-general Cyril Ramaphosa this week and his inconclusive reply can best be described as a diplomatic “Ja, well, no fine.”» —“The ANC could take a tip...