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Irish Pennant

An ex-Marine reports that his commanding officer used to castigate his men for any stray threads hanging from their uniforms, calling those loose threads Irish pennants. That term is an ethnophaulism, or ethnic slur. Other examples of ethnopaulisms...

To The Sticking Point

What’s Lady Macbeth talking about when she urges Macbeth to “screw your courage to the sticking point”? This image of mustering up bravery most likely has to do with tightening the strings of a crossbow. This is part of a complete...

screw up move up

screw up move up  n.— «The practice called “screw up move up” takes place by utilizing sexual favors with fellow employees to work up the chain of command, and also by violating policies and laws, an employee can screw up, not be charged...

chew and screw

chew and screw  v. phr.— « Whatever happened to the local colloquial term for running out on a restaurant tab—“chew ‘n’ screw”? Or the more universal phrase: “eat it & beat it.”» —“IHOP loses bid to get drop on...

eat it and beat it

eat it and beat it  v. phr.— « Whatever happened to the local colloquial term for running out on a restaurant tab—“chew ‘n’ screw”? Or the more universal phrase: “eat it & beat it.”» —“IHOP loses bid to get drop on...

anti-backpacker

anti-backpacker  n.— «Goldenchild is different from your anti-backpacker or whatever the fuck you wanna call it. He has an open mind. He’s heard the underground hip-hop but he likes jay-z and shit like that more.» —“Re: BackPackers...

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