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Grant Barrett

Gone Pecan

How did the word gay go from meaning lighthearted to homosexual? Also, why are elementary schools sometimes called grammar schools? Plus, imeldific, gone pecan, random Scrabble words, and the difference between borrow and lend. And the etiquette of...

two-centimetre

two-centimetre  n.— «“You don’t come here in a two-centimetre (slang for a micro-mini).”…It was here on Sunday that taxi drivers and hawkers joined forces to teach one young woman “a lesson.” Nwabisa Ngcukana, 25...

taxi queen

taxi queen  n.— «Teenage girls are being used by unscrupulous taxi operators in Chatsworth as “scouts” to identify potential robbery targets. The girls—many of whom are addicted to drugs—are planted in taxis to identify passengers carrying...

taxicast

taxicast  n.— «Slightly more than half the taxis in New York City are now equipped with touch-screen video monitors.…News briefs, also known as taxicasts, are updated three times a day, but less time-sensitive features are changed...

accountant

accountant  n.— «The taxi drivers are catching on fast too.…An “accountant” collects the fares, provides change and squares up the money angle of the trip. This frees the driver to do his job without endangering the lives of the...

Gulfie

Gulfie  n.— «The war broke out at the peak of the tourist season, when tens of thousands of wealthy visitors from the Gulf were expected to enjoy high-spending holidays in Lebanon. Instead, those in the country at the time found themselves...