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free surf

free surf  n.— «During an early lull in the one-hour final, before anyone had taken a wave, someone made a suggestion: Why not share the $75,000 in prize money up for grabs instead of dishing a big chunk ($30,000) to the winner? It was...

Done Deal: The Show Continues!

Estimados amigos and chers amis, We’ve been a little quiet because we didn’t want to start making a fire before the logs were stacked, but the news can now be told: “A Way with Words” is alive! That’s right: the show...

late train

late train  n.— «That game can be expensive. One Washington lobbyist who asked not to be identified says he gave money to the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for a House seat. After the election, the Republican winner called to demand a...

get one’s bait back

get one’s bait back  v. phr.— «You have reason to hang in there, unless you can find another winner. (Auntie Spender says, if you are nervous in the market, just sell enough stock to get your bait back.)» —“Investor Features...

vision clearance engineer

vision clearance engineer  n.— «Vision Clearance Engineer has been voted the daftest job title of all time, crowning a growing list of appointments whose descriptions seem designed to bemuse rather than inspire. The euphemism for window...

ticket house

ticket house  n.— «Many Hoosier Lottery games are patterned after games that have been played in pea-shake houses for years, such as selecting winning combinations of three or four numbers, pull tabs and tickets. People pay 2 cents and...

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