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Appalachian Dialect Affirmed

Tennessee lawmakers have passed a resolution affirming that Appalachian English is a “fully legitimate dialect and most deserving of the respect afforded other dialects of American English.” This is part of a complete episode.

Upstander

Plenty of people write to dictionary editors asking for words to be added. It almost never works. But what if politicians make a special request? To urge adoption of the term upstander, as in “the opposite of bystander,” to honor those...

Remembering Definitions

If you think back on all the words you’ve looked up in the past year, only to turn around and forget their definitions immediately, Martha’s New Year’s resolution sounds like a no-brainer: be a little more mindful, and take care to...

gravy plane

gravy plane  n.— «Democrats have criticized the all-GOP trip. Because most of those on board contributed heavily to the Mickelson campaigns, Democrats labeled it the “gravy plane.” They said it was purely a political junket...

resoliferation

resoliferation  n.— «In an interview with GQ Magazine, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) explained why resoliferation ©™ such as this is important (ok, he didn’t use the word resoliferation ©™, but humor me), when he revealed that the...

windshield time

windshield time  n.— «The Ward County Commission drafted a resolution by a 4-1 vote, with Lee dissenting, in support of the judge coming in to Minot from Stanley. Judge Robert Holte, who currently hears cases in Minot, had been based in...

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