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Comedic Tweets

Twitter’s 140-character format has made way for a whole new brand of comedy writing. See Judah Friedlander: “More than one company should be allowed to sell Monopoly,” or Stephen Colbert: “It doesn’t always pay to get...

flitillary

flitillary  n.— «The erratic, zigzagging flight of courting and songbird-evading fritillaries prompt some people to refer to them as “flitillaries.” Actually, the genus name probably derives from fritillus, a cylindrical cup used by the...

casino capitalism

casino capitalism  n.— «This book’s middle chapters succinctly show how “casino capitalism” (a coinage by Susan Strange, one of the left-wing critics of the market that Green deftly cites) led from late 2007 to a...

narrowbanding

narrowbanding  n.— «The number of users and uses has exploded four and five times, therefore you need the appropriate amount of bandwidth to carry the information,” said Stephen White, chief of Doylestown Township police...

Macakeneatit

Macakeneatit  n.— «Scots are known in England as the “Macakeneatits” because they want thie cake while eating England’s.» —“Rangers, Celtic and the question of survival in the English Premiership” by Stephen...

brass-plate bank

brass-plate bank  n.— «He was first investigated 20 years ago when he became a subject of a joint Scotland Yard-FBI investigation into so-called “brass-plate” banks on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. The investigation was set up after...