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Boaty McBoatface

Britain’s new polar research ship is named RSS Sir David Attenborough, even though an online vote overwhelmingly chose the name Boaty McBoatface. Versions of this playful construction go back at least as far as a 1987 episode of the television...

Sincere Niceties

Is saying “Yes, Ma’am” and “No, Sir” when addressing someone in conversation too formal or off-putting? Not if it’s clear that those niceties come naturally to you. This is part of a complete episode.

Hooptie

What is a hooptie? Though it started in the 1960s as a term for a sweet new car, it became the common moniker for a beater, or a jalopy. Maybe Sir Mix-A-Lot said it best: “My hooptie rollin’, tailpipe draggin’/ heat don’t...

Mottness

Mottness  n.— «Understanding the detailed mechanism for how quantum traffic jams (technically referred to as “Mottness” after the late Sir Neville Mott of Cambridge, UK) impact superconductivity in cuprates may point scientists...

Kleenex art

Kleenex art  n.— «The historian Antony Beevor, another signatory, alongside the broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore, added: “Meercats would be fine in the Tate, but I’m not sure how suitable they would be at a memorial site. “It...

hair dryer

hair dryer  n.— «They are there and controlling these apples is an art form. That art form is called management. Sir Alex use the much approved British technique called the hair dryer. It was developed by staff sergeants in the British...

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