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Why Old Books Smell Good

Nothing like that old-book smell. And if you open up an old volume and think you detect notes of vanilla, there’s a good reason. That intoxicating scent is the result of lignin, a chemical compound in plants used for making paper. It has a...

foiler

foiler  n.— «Note that Blair won’t be an only child for long if Cyrus does marry Eleanor. His son Aaron (the artist now dating Serena) would become Blair’s step-brother, just like in the books. Oh, and just a warning to anyone searching...

charreada

charreada  n.— «A growing number of middle-class Mexican-Americans spend lazy summer afternoons at the charreada—part rodeo, part fiesta and one of Mexico’s most revered sporting events, dating to the 17th century.…At family-owned...

jollop

jollop  n.— «It was a one third-full bottle of David Beckham’s Instinct. Instinct, you may recall, was David’s “fragrance”; what was once called after-shave and what my Dad still refers to as “jollop.”» —“Beckham gets scent...

whoa break

whoa break  v. phr.— «I start whoa-breaking them up there and then taking them to the whoa post.… After I whoa-break them, I introduce them to the birds again. When they enter the planted bird’s scent cone, I say, “Whoa...

flyboarding

flyboarding  n.— «London estate agents Chard Associates were fined £18,000 last week after being found guilty of placing their boards outside properties where they had no legitimate interest—a practice known as flyboarding.» —“Round...