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Low Sick

A Dallas-area police officer is curious about low sick, a term which he and his fellow officers use to describe someone dangerously ill. Sometimes rendered as low sig, the expression is largely associated with the speech of African Americans, and...

Janitor’s Eponymous Law

After we spoke a couple weeks ago about eponymous laws, a listener who works as a janitor gave us one of his own: Given any two rolls of toilet paper, the larger roll will get smaller before the smaller gets used up. This is part of a complete...

Frajos

The Spanglish term frajo, meaning “cigarette,” evolved over a couple of generations of Mexican-American language. Primarily thanks to pachucos, sometimes known as zoot-suiters, the term developed from the verb fajar, meaning “to...

alpha roll

alpha roll  n.— «During Cole’s testimony, Jones’ attorney, Jack O’Hale, showed a video of a Baltimore police canine officer performing a technique called an “alpha roll.” The video shows the officer slamming a police dog...