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Sundowner’s

Sundowner’s  n.— «In March, my dad will be 86 years old. He has Alzheimer’s disease. My brothers, sister and I noticed changes in his personality about nine years ago. We are thankful he doesn’t get violent, although the evenings bring on...

Rule of Thumb Origin

A listener says his sister reprimanded him for using the term “rule of thumb.” She says the expression derives from an old British law that allowed a man to beat his wife with a stick, as long as it’s no wider than his thumb. Is...

FOMO

FOMO  n.— «A lot of giving can be attributed to what my sister refers to as F.O.M.O—the fear of missing out. For a max contribution along with a handsome check to the party committee, a mucky-muck can buy stock early in a candidate...

periodic

periodic  n.— «I thought he had sobered up during our growing up years. I was wrong. He was what is known as a “periodic.” He revealed his dual life to my sister and to me as we entered college, then regularly showed up on...

deep bench

deep bench  n.— «But then there’s his sister Ophelia, who took his place. “She’s probably not going to be there very long, but the Ford’s have a deep bench as they say in sports.” Joe Ford has an unscathed reputation as a...

golden birthday

golden birthday  n.— «Probably the most exciting thing was I was born on my older sister’s fifth birthday. I was born on her golden birthday. We always share a birthday and she says I was the best birthday present ever.» —“5...