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Rabbit, Rabbit and Tibbar, Tibbar

Among some speakers of English, saying rabbit, rabbit before saying anything else on the first morning of the first day of the month supposedly ensures good luck for the next four weeks. Other versions of this superstition include saying white...

“High” School Quiz

Quiz Guy John Chaneski says he’s been visiting some “niche” high schools, all of which have the word “High” in them, maybe in reverse of a standard phrase. How about this one: “The school where they study...

reverse inquiry

reverse inquiry  n.— «Market participants echoed those comments. “The book was incredibly large and the average fill was only 20% to 25%,” meaning that institutional investors received one-fifth to one-quarter of the orders...

reverse raccoon

reverse raccoon  n.— «The 90210 starlet wore red platforms and a white dress, that so nicely complimented the white racoon-like marks around her eyes. It’s good to see that Annalynne protects her eyes when she’s in the tanning bed, but...

reverse racial pass

reverse racial pass  n.— «These scenarios all involve what is sometimes termed the “reverse racial pass,” which Philip Brian Harper has defined as “any instance in which a person legally recognized as white effectively...

homophily

homophily  n.— «Sociologists have a term for this birds-of-a-feather-flocking-together phenomenon: Homophily. Some explanations for America’s political homophily suggest that a president who is determined to be a uniter might be able to...