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Spill the T vs. Spill the Tea

Debra, who teaches eighth graders in San Antonio, Texas, says some of them use the expression spill the tea meaning “spill the beans” or “share gossip.” The earliest version of this phrase, which appears in print in the early...

Waste vs. Spill

If someone spilled a box of paper clips, for example, would you say that they wasted the paper clips, even though the clips could be picked up and re-used? Although most people wouldn’t, this sense of waste meaning “to spill” is...

Tump

“Don’t tump over the canoe!” The verb to tump is familiar to folks in many parts of the United States. Use it elsewhere, though, and you might get some quizzical looks. What does it mean and who uses it? The hosts tump over their...

shoot

shoot  n.— «That’s the point where you give up and decide to wear thick tights and Ugg boots for the remainder of the winter. That, or I might succumb to the allure of the new shoe-boots—or shoots, as they call them—and just let my calves...

sausage boom

sausage boom  n.— «Containment booms, which prevent oil from floating free on the surface, and sausage booms, which are stuffed with absorbent material to soak oil from the water, are being used around the ship, and near shore.» —“Oil...