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Queen Bee

An artist asks strangers to write haiku about the pandemic and gets back poetic, poignant glimpses of life under lockdown. Plus, the new book Queenspotting features the colorful language of beekeeping! Bees tell each other about a good source of...

Heebie-Jeebies

A cantor from a synagogue in Nyack, New York, says she’s fond of the expression “the heebie-jeebies” but recently began worrying that it might be anti-Semitic. Did the term “heebie-jeebies” originate as a slur against...

nipping

nipping  n.— «Players are often extraordinarily generous, buying drinks and not merely to make opponents drunk. They are big on “nipping,” and this is no racist slur on the oriental client base: it is poker parlance for lending...