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15 Ways to Avoid Saying 'Death'
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27 Cowboy Slang Terms for Things You Eat and Drink
If your bread wallet is empty and you need to line the flue, knight the ribbons and mosey to a beanery. Your cookie-pusher will know what you mean when you order any of these 27 cowboy food and drink items. 1. Bear Sign: Doughnuts * 2. Overland trout: Bacon * 3. Blue John: Skimmed milk * 4. Boggy-top: A pie with no top crust * 5. Cackleberries: Eggs * 6. Charlie Taylor: A butter substitute made of sorghum or syrup mixed with fat. It wasn't good, and apparently neither was Charlie Taylor, who... READ ON
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Understanding Diner Lingo: 55 Phrases to Get You Started
Photo: avlxyz on Flickr The origins of most diner phrases are shrouded in mystery or lost to history, and different regions and restaurants use different terminology for the same items, but this list should give you an idea of what's going on when you hear your waitress screaming about wrecking two chicks on a raft. 1. Adam and Eve on a raft/log - Two poached eggs on toast 2. Adam's ale/city juice/dog soup - Water 3. All hot - A baked potato 4. Axle grease/skid grease/cow paste - Butter 5. Baby... READ ON
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10 Places and the Words They Inspired
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35 Modern Words Recently Added to the Dictionary
The Oxford Dictionary Online is a warehouse of over 600,000 words. Despite this large arsenal, we continue to coin, clip, and blend new words into existence, and the Oxford folks pump some of these new words into their dictionaries. Here are some more recent additions with their official definitions. 1. Bling (n): Expensive, ostentatious clothing and jewelry. * 2. Bromance (n): A close but non-sexual relationship between two men. * 3. Chillax (v): Calm down and relax. * 4. Crunk (adj): Very... READ ON
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Words Redefined: 37 Notable Entries in The Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce was a celebrated journalist, storyteller and, above all, cynic. Bierce had a barbed wit, and he often used it to kick American culture square in the teeth. In 1911, he published The Devil’s Dictionary, a partial lexicon that sardonically redefines over 1000 words. Here are some of our... READ ON
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12 Diseases and the Lucky Places They’re Named For
Map image via Shutterstock This isn't exactly what tourism bureaus want you to picture when you hear a town or region's name. 1. Guinea Worm A parasitic nematode several feet long, European explorers named it for the Guinea coast of West Africa in the 17th Century. It's the stuff of nightmares. Eggs in stagnant water are eaten by water fleas, which get swallowed by a human drinking water. They mature in the human's gut, then mate. The female burrows to the lower leg and emerges. The burning... READ ON
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19 Outstanding Words You Should Be Working Into Conversation
There are some of our favorite words that appeared in mental_floss stories in 2011. Some are foreign words. Others come from medical dictionaries. And there's a surprising amount of hobo slang. Have fun working these into conversation this holiday... READ ON

Near the event horizon of a black hole (the boundary in spacetime surrounding said black hole), "spaghettification" will occur, stretching matter into thin strips.

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