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Copacetic

Brand names, children’s games, and the etiquette of phone conversations. Those clever plastic PEZ dispensers come in all shapes and sizes—but where did the word PEZ come from? The popular candy’s name is the product of wordplay involving...

Little Piggy Rhyme Variations

This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy had corned beef and cabbage, this little piggy had none. At least, that’s the way a caller from Sebastian, Florida, remembers the children’s rhyme. Most...

roast breadfruit

roast breadfruit  n.— «If there is genuine pride in ethnic particularity, plain and simple, there can be no place for denouncing those who are not so vocal or even ambivalent about ethnic issues. Nor should we indulge or defend the...

roast

roast  n.— «In musicians’ parlance, a “roast” refers to a particularly challenging gig. I am currently stuck in snowy Gatwick awaiting a plane to the Matterhorn, on the way to a prog-rock roast presided over by the...

bean to bar

bean to bar  adj.— «Bean to bar…a buzz phrase used in the chocolate world to describe the handful of chocolate makers who roast, grind and process their own cacao beans into couverture. Some have been known to fake it, e.g., “Noka...

who laid the rail

who laid the rail  adv. phr.— «Thanks to the farmers and their livestock, we had scrambled eggs, bacon, and roast beef ’til who laid the rail.» —“Over Cokes” in Eldora Hi-Lites Eldora High School Mar. 24...