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Road Buddies and Follow Johns

Imagine you’re on a long road trip. Is there a word for that other driver who sets the pace for your car mile after mile? Road buddy, perhaps? A Rhode Island caller says her family calls that driver a Follow John. Social psychologist Stanley...

amortality

amortality  n.— «You may not have heard of amortality before—mainly because I’ve just coined the term. It’s about more than just the ripple effect of baby boomers” resisting the onset of age. Amortality is a stranger, stronger...

welcome stranger

welcome stranger  n.— «The lawsuit charges that through three reassessments, the former town assessor, Kathlyn Stanley, illegally raised her taxes to a level far above that of similar properties. It also charges that the town retaliated...

welcome improver

welcome improver  n.— «The lawsuit charges that through three reassessments, the former town assessor, Kathlyn Stanley, illegally raised her taxes to a level far above that of similar properties. It also charges that the town retaliated...

revolving son of a bitch

revolving son of a bitch  n.— «I happen to be of an almost extinct breed, an old-fashioned gentleman—which means I can be a real revolving son of a bitch when it suits me.» —by Robert A. Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land ...