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Neither Heat Nor Light

John Webster’s 1623 tragedy The Duchess of Malfi includes the memorable line: “Glories, like glowworms, afar off shine bright, / But looked to near have neither heat nor light.” Much later, Stephen Crane expressed a similar idea in...

Let the Moon Shine Down Your Throat

A Southernism we love: You might as well go out and let the moon shine down your throat. It means you’re taking medicine that won’t be effective or eating something flavorless. Not to be confused with pouring moonshine down your throat, which...

Cutting a Head Shine

An East Tennessee caller wonders about the phrase “cutting a head shine,” meaning “pull off a caper” or “behave in a boisterous, comical manner.” Cutting a head shine derives from an alternate use of shine...

blue jacking

blue jacking  n.— «At the age of 10 he sold newspapers in downtown Toledo.…They didn’t have a normal paper route like most kids, delivering to the same house every day in nice, quiet neighborhoods. This young boy and his friend...

trailer queen

trailer queen  n.— «In subsequent years, Vandervort had a team of mechanics completely restore the car. Last year Vandervort won first place in his class at Concours d’Elegance and will be showing the car—affectionately called a “trailer...

son stroke

son stroke  n.— «Son stroke is not new to the Congress, but in Punjab, where the shadow of a split continues to lengthen everyday, it’s more like a son flare.…Last month, virtually every corridor of Punjab Bhawan and Kapurthala House...