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Pithy Response from Slushpile Hell

The grumpy agent who writes the blog SlushPile Hell received a submission stating, “I have attached a copy of a letter I recently sent to Oprah about my book. She ends her show in September 2011, which leaves little time to select an agent...

Too Much Sugar for a Dime

Is the term “Oriental” offensive? Where do we get the phrase “not one iota”? Why do we tell someone to “take a gander”? And who coined the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?


Instead of crying “uncle,” an Indiana woman’s family cries calf-rope! She wonders if this expression of submission is unique to her family. This is part of a complete episode.


screwjob  n.— «But a secretive change of the match’s finish, known as a “screwjob” in pro wrestling parlance, already had been concocted by McMahon and Michaels. The plan called for Hebner to signal for the bell and end the...

trash line

trash line  n.— «“There is an option available to install an extended front bumper with provisions to hold 100 to 150 feet of one and three-quarter inch hose connected and ready to use,” explained McGirr in his submission to Council...


book-up  n.— «THE ANZ bank has warned it will not do business with shops that hold the credit cards and personal identification numbers of Aboriginal customers. In a submission to the Northern Territory Government, the bank says the...