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Marriage With vs. Marriage To

A caller who grew up in Australia has a question about wedding-invitation etiquette in the U.S. She wonders: Shouldn’t an invitation refer to a daughter’s “marriage with” the groom rather than a “marriage to” him...

yes-and

yes-and  v.—Gloss: To agree to all ideas, act upon them, and embellish them. Note: A staple of improvisational acting. «They stayed for over an hour and completely yes-anded everything we threw at them. There were moments where it felt...

marital-industrial complex

marital-industrial complex  n.— «Wedding experts say that planners are playing an increasingly large role in the marital-industrial complex.» —“Taming the Runaway Wedding Planner” by Vincent M. Mallozzi, Jeffrey...

planzilla

planzilla  n.— «David Mandel of Los Angeles, an executive producer of the HBO program “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and his bride, Dr. Rebecca Whitney, hired and dismissed two consultants because they were “planzillas.” “It was like we had this...

shotgun

shotgun v. to try a variety of methods; to make repeated attempts; to take an indiscriminate approach; to be scattershot. Editorial Note: Besides the obvious “to kill or shoot with a shotgun,” a more common meaning of to shotgun is...