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On The Morrow

A woman in Monticello, Florida, is bothered by the phrase “on tomorrow,” and feels that the word on is redundant. However, this construction is a dialect feature, not a grammatical mistake. It has roots in the United Kingdom and probably...

Eat the Grindstone

The books we love as children may influence our careers more than we realize. As a child, Martha was fascinated with stories of cracking codes, and Grant loved books with glossaries–not that far from the kind of work they do today. A caller...

glassing

glassing  n.— «Surgeon Gordian Fulde has seen more than his fair share of people sliced open in glassing attacks.…“We get people who we have to stitch up all over their body from being attacked with a glass or a broken bottle...

pickle shot

pickle shot  n.— «But eventually he skateboards past a bush that reveals his private parts—at least in outline—for what Hollywood insiders call the “pickle shot.” No spiky hair down there.» —“The Simpsons Movie—The Times...

WASP

WASP  n.— «In a recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers questioned the necessity of prescribing antibiotics for children with earaches. This goes against the long-thought grain of using...

chemical cosh

chemical cosh  n.— «Treatments of mental and physical illnesses were spiritual tasks, not merely matters for medical repair, the prince said. Psychiatrists should resort less often to the “chemical cosh” of drugs.» —“How a...