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Fitting Salutations

When writing a business letter, what’s a modern salutation that doesn’t sound as stuffy as “Dear Sir” or “Dear Madam”? “To Whom It May Concern,” perhaps? The answer depends on the context and the...

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...

grannying

grannying  n.— «Claims that children living in Donegal were given places at secondary schools in Derry to the exclusion of local children were challenged in the High Court in Belfast today. The Lord Chief Justice Sir Brian Kerr was told...

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