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Wearing a Commode on Your Head

During the reign of France’s Louis XIV, you could wear a commode on your head. Commode referred to a wire frame worn on the head to support an elaborate headdress. This is part of a complete episode.

tofu concrete

tofu concrete  n.— «The bodies of thousands of dead children were dragged from the rubble of Sichuan schools built on a base of what the Chinese call “tofu” concrete, chicken wire and unforgivable corruption, as builders grew...

white goods

white goods  n.pl.— «The partnership collects used aluminum softdrink cans, cardboard, plastic, electrical wires, abandoned cars, other metals, and even “white goods”—a term used to describe major household appliances and can also include...

yo-yoing

yo-yoing  n.— «In the wake of a controversy that engulfed the Derby this fall, two respected Island organizations have asked the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) to ban a fishing method known as yo-yoing…a fishing...

command wire

command wire  n.— «Specialist Sandoval, 22, from First Battalion, 501st Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska, was convicted of planting a coil of copper wire on the body of the man he killed near Iskandariya...