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No Way, Jose!

What’s the source of the phrase “No way, Jose”? And who in the world is Jose? Grant says the expression doesn’t show up in print until 1973, contrary to the oft-repeated story that it appeared in The Village Voice during the...

lecherscope

lecherscope  n.— «The absence of women was a severe trial, and several home-made telescopes—or “lecherscopes,” as they were called—were assembled in the hope that an unflagging surveillance of the windows of the village houses...

Olympic Village Effect

Olympic Village Effect  n.— «These frontline toads are reproducing with each other to create what scientists call the “Olympic Village Effect.” They are making fast moving babies with bigger front legs and longer back legs...

doughnuting

doughnuting  n.— «It accuses local authorities of defacing once beautiful towns with swathes of characterless new homes and retail parks, with no pubs, shops or sense of community. The process is known as “doughnuting”—named after the ring...

hummus queen

hummus queen  n.— «Another demographic was making itself known in the gay Arab-American world: “hummus queens”— gay men attracted to Arabs. Not that all hummus queens were on the make: One attended to seek advice on how to help...

le sigh

le sigh  n.— «The Brits, after all, are the masters at merging rave and rock. While we’re not quite in new-rave territory (le sigh), we do have a hint of it thanks to Le Nimh’s time in the Phoenix rave scene trenches.» —“Rave On...