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The Wreck of Hesperus

Someone who “looks like the wreck of Hesperus” isn’t exactly looking their best. The idiom comes from a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, inspired by an 1839 blizzard off the coast of Massachusetts that destroyed 20 ships. This is...

Wreck of the Hesperus

“You look like the wreck of the Hesperus!” It means you look “disheveled, ragged, dirty, hung over, or otherwise less than your best.” It may sound like an odd phrase, but it made perfect sense to generations of...

disponering

disponering  n.— «I, for my own female brain, didn’t realize that Filipino innovations could lead to the fixing of cars or in layman’s term “disponering.”…I found out later that the car is a wreck he brought from the...

Data Valdez

Data Valdez  n.— «Information brokers and the public now find themselves in a highly publicized pickle, Homeland Security Dept. privacy chief Nuala O’Connor Kelly said, likening data spills to oil or chemical spills in their capacity to...

reef

reef  v.— «The suspension seems very stiff to me…and the adjuster turns with no resistance, about 4 or 5 turns, then seems to bottom out and not turn any firther (I haven’t tried really reefing on it yet…I don’t want to wreck...

train wreck

train wreck n. a disaster or failure, especially one that is unstoppable or unavoidable; a disorganized, problematic, or chaotic person or thing; an incongruous situation. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)