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Written By: daveski on February 4, 2011 4 Comments
“Thank you, Mr. Safeway Shopper”, or, The Joy of a Categorical Identity

For a long time, I’ve had a thing against the way that Safeway has its cashiers personalize customers’ encounters at check-out time. Or, maybe I shouldn’t just call them “customers”, because, after all, we are card-carrying members, only able to get the real price on dozens of items if we sign over our names and […]

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Written By: aaminahm on May 1, 2009 9 Comments

I was born Shanga Nomusa White.  Everyone called me Nomusa. Nomusa is Zulu for with grace or kindness. I didn’t realize until I was much older that I was named after my father whose name is Musa. Musa is Arabic for Moses. He changed his name when he converted to Islam. I, followed suit.

Well, actually […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 9, 2009 No Comment

A very interesting article in the Atlantic traces how cocktails acquired their names, like the Manhatten, the Negroni, and the Rob Roy. Some really cool info:

Sometimes a name just fits the bill, so it gets the same name with a sequential number. A perfect example is the Corpse Reviver #2. Part of […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 9, 2009 12 Comments

A Republican Texan legislator, Betty Brown, created an uproar Tuesday by suggesting, during House Elections Committee testimony, that Asian-American voters should use names which are “easier for Americans to deal with.” Ramey Ko, a rep for the Organization of Chinese Americans, had earlier stated “that people of Chinese, Japanese and Korean descent often have […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 27, 2009 2 Comments

Via Wattpad, here’s a list of things you never knew had names:

1. AGLET – The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.
2. ARMSAYE – The armhole in clothing.
3. CHANKING – Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.
4. COLUMELLA NASI – The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.
5. DRAGÉES – […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 23, 2009 2 Comments

Would you agree to live in Ugley, in Essex? Or in North Piddle? No? Then Spanker Lane? Thong, Kent? Or in Pratts Bottom? No? Well then, what about Crapstone? Or, would you care to reside in Diss? Felldownhead? Great Snoring? Or, alternatively, Little Snoring? Would you take a Ham and Sandwich? No?

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 17, 2008 2 Comments
Name Calling: The Obama Edition

The staff and press corps accompanying President-Elect Obama these days have developed some entertaining code words…see if you can guess what they mean!

1. PEOTUS/POTUS/PEBO
2. FLEOTUS
3. FLEMO
4. CLEAN vs. DIRTY
5. VITALS
6. POOLSPRAY
7. PRO-BAMAS
8. LID
9. POST-LID

Yes We Did!

How many did you get right?

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