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Whenever I see or hear the word lollygag I'm reminded of an episode of The Flintstones where Fred proactively ended the feud with his country cousins the Hatrocks, then unwittingly reinstated it.
"Massive Ordinance Air Blast"? I always thought -- and since we're talking about the military there may be something to this -- that it stood for "mother of all bombs." :o Somewhere, in fiction at least (if nowhere else), there must be a Moab Airlines, with a photo of planes captioned "Planes of Moa...
Several European languages (German, French, Russian, Polish, ...) use the English word smoking for tuxedo. Tuxedoes were considered similar to smoking jackets . Interesting that French uses the English word to represent a tuxedo, since France actually has a government watchdog agency to "safeguard"...
Unguentous? I prefer the related unctuous, though I guess that "oilyness" is more metaphorical. I saw the word in a nostalgic article about the Isley Brothers in reference to lead singer Ronald, calling him something like "maybe the most unctuous of the soul balladeers."
The kind of clickbait I don't like is the type like Luke described, where the link teases info about a person who is not included on the target website, or a "photo" of an event that never actually happened.
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Thanks Doc! I've always been able to see the site on my tablet OK, but I'd have to turn the phone sideways to see it, and then replying was a chore because the reply box would take up most of the screen. This helps greatly.
Doc, you posted two possible pronunciations of this word: the one I always thought was correct ("her ass" ), and the one I seem to hear all the time from the media ("Harris" ). Are both actually acceptable?
This etymology intrigued me enough to go and look up Jägermeister , which based on "yacht" I expected to have something to do with a high-ranking pirate. I was way off. Here's what I found: Curt Mast, the original distiller of Jägermeister and son of the founder Wilhelm, was an enthusiastic hunter. ...
Because I've seen internecine so often used for discord within an organization or group (civil war, family feud, office cliques, etc.) I always assumed the origin had something to do with family or relationship.