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Sundog Origins

Eleven-year-old Ben calls from Rapids City to ask about the term sundog, the meteorological phenomenon in which a bright spot appears to the left or right of the sun. No one knows the origin of this term. Synonyms include mock sun, weather gall, and...

Synonyms of Hard Puzzle

Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a puzzle involving synonyms for the word hard. For example, the title of a popular Netflix series might otherwise be known as the Hard Kimmy Schmidt. This is part of a complete episode.

fakenger

fakenger n. a person who imitates the fashion of, or uses equipment similar to, a bike messenger. Editorial Note: Synonyms are “posenger” and “pretendenger.” Etymological Note: fake + messenger (source: Double-Tongued...

Hummer house

Hummer house n. an overly large single-family residence. Editorial Note: Synonyms are starter castle, faux chateau, and McMansion. Etymological Note: From the Hummer, a large fuel-inefficient sports utility vehicle often seen or used as a symbol of...

graveyard spiral

graveyard spiral n. originally, an inescapable winding descent of an airplane that leads to a crash; (hence), the rapid decline or devaluation of something, such as a career, a company, etc. Editorial Note: Synonyms are dead man’s spiral and the far...

doona day

doona day n. a day taken off from work for relaxation or idleness. Editorial Note: As indicated in the citations, synonyms include mental health day, duvet day, sickie (in Australia), and the uncommon eiderdown day. Etymological Note: Doona is...

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