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Down Goes Your Shanty

What’s the origin of the warning phrase down goes your shanty!? This bit of menacing slang pops up in letters written by Civil War soldiers. One wrote, “If I ever get a chance to draw sight on a rebel, down goes his shanty.” It has...

caravanger

caravanger  n.— Note: A blend of “caravan” and “anger.” «Tensions have been increased with the coining of the term “caravanger” to describe car drivers’ likely reaction to having more caravans to...

rage cage

rage cage  n.— «So another grant from the NSW Premier’s Department and the council in 2003 financed at the back of the estate a “rage cage”—a small cement court with a basketball ring and soccer goal. Parents have taken to...

doughnutter

doughnutter  n.— «John (now Lord) Wakeham, the lead Minister in the negotiations, took my point that the Government should seek to persuade MPs to start more rather than less restrictively since they could always ease up in the light of...

surface snorting

surface snorting  n.— «Scores of Sydneysiders woke to the sight of thick white smoke coming from a Collins-class submarine off Sydney’s northern beaches this morning, but their fears of a fire were unfounded—it was just the ageing sub’s...

tumpsy

tumpsy  n.— «Youngsters don’t get funny feelings anymore from the sight of a breast or tumpsy.» —“What was that pool game called?” by Glenn I Am An Architect, They Call Me Pat Butcher Apr. 27, 2005. (source:...