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Keep Your Powder Dry

Shelby calls from Rockville, Indiana, to ask about the origin of the phrase keep your powder dry. Many people surmise it derives from words uttered by Oliver Cromwell, but there’s no recorded evidence of this. The phrase first pops up in the...

24-spot

24-spot  n.— «Ms. Beyar, 51, of Rockville Centre, L.I., accused Mosier of denying her request for a “24-spot” work schedule consisting of one day on and three days off. Mosier also rejected her as a chauffeur by selecting a...