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Military Alibi Meaning

Michelle, who works for the United States Department of Defense in San Diego, California, thinks of the word alibi as excuse, but her coworkers have an additional meaning for it. Toward the end of a meeting, her supervisor will ask if anyone has an...

What Makes a Sandwich?

Is a hot dog a sandwich if it’s in a bun? Why or why not? Is a burrito a sandwich? (A Massachusetts judge actually ruled on that question in 2006.) What about a veggie wrap? These kinds of questions about the limits and core meanings of...

Frajos

The Spanglish term frajo, meaning “cigarette,” evolved over a couple of generations of Mexican-American language. Primarily thanks to pachucos, sometimes known as zoot-suiters, the term developed from the verb fajar, meaning “to...

Israeli bandage

Israeli bandage  n.— «Cpl. Fevens explained how Cpl. Robertson should cut his pants off to look for arterial bleeding that could kill him in minutes. After they determined there was none, Cpl. Robertson used something soldiers call Israeli...

Killadelphia

Killadelphia  n.— «He said calling Philadelphia “Killadelphia” is a bum wrap because the number of homicides is lower than in past years.» —“Outgoing Police Commissioner Says ‘Killadelphia’ Is Bum Wrap” WCAU...

bandonym

bandonym  n.— «More singer-songwriters have noticed that you don’t need a “bandonym” (in critic Carl Wilson’s useful coinage) to wrap yourself in myth.» —“The Writ Stuff” by Franklin...