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Mike Sheldon
Don't talk to me about reasonable, I don't DO reasonable!
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1877 Word of the Day 19h
Rouser Something very exciting or very great. Thus an eloquent speech or sermon, a large mass-meeting, or a big prize-ox, is a rouser.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 14
Shillagalee A low fellow; a scalawag. New York.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 13
Shingle A jocose term for a sign-board placed over a shop-door or office. To hang out a shingle is to put up one's sign. The term is said to have originated in the lumbering districts of Maine, where shingles ... are used to write directions, &C., on, and stuck up against trees.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 12
Wammikin A raft of square timber or long logs, on which is built a comfortable shanty, with cooking and sleeping facilities, used by lumbermen in Maine.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 11
Sight Prospect, favorable probability; as, "Hopkins has no sight for getting the office;" "Smith thought he had a good sight for selling his horse."
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 10
Yellow Boy Gold coin of any denomination.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 9
Wild Land Land which has never been settled and cultivated; forest.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 8
Wheelbarrow-Boat A steamboat with a stern-wheel, used on some of the Western rivers, as well as in Canada and Oregon.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 7
Under-Coat A petticoat. North Carolina.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 6
To tuck on To unduly increase or enhance. "That horse is not worth half what you gave for him. The dealer has tucked it on to you pretty well."
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 5
Territory A large district of country belonging to the United States, though not forming a part of any individual State, and under a temporary government.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 4
Take 2. To take. To understand. "Do you take?" i. e. do you comprehend. "I don't take," i. e. I don't understand. Shakespeare used the word in this sense, as: — This, I take it, Is the main motive of our preparations. Hamlet, Act i. Sc. 1.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 3
Jammed Mashed, when applied to potatoes. " Will you have your potatoes whole or jammed?" was asked of a traveller at a hotel in the interior of the State of New York.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 2
Tarve. (Old English, torve, twisted; Lat. torvus.) A turn, bend, curve. I can't say much for your axe, stranger, for this helve has no tarve to it; but, such as it is, down must come this elm. — Cooper, Oak Openings.
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1877 Word of the Day Dec 1
Slant A side blow. A slang word Slantendicular Aslant; oblique. A factitious vulgarism Slantendicularly or Slantwise Obliquely. Pony got mad, and sent the Elder right slap over his head slantendicularly, on the broad of his back, into the river. — Sam Slick in England
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1877 Word of the Day Nov 30
Shucks The outer husk or shell of the walnut, chestnut, etc., or the husk of Indian corn. In England, the word is applied to pods as well as husks; as, pea-shucks. In the South, where the word is most in use, it is also applied to the shells of oysters.
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1877 Word of the Day Nov 29
Setting-Pole A pole shod with iron, used for propelling vessels or boats up rivers, in shoal water.
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1877 Word of the Day Nov 28
Saratoga The enormous trunks carried by fashionable ladies to Saratoga Springs has obtained for them the specific name of Saratoga trunks or Saratogas.
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1877 Word of the Day Nov 27
Run away Cease troubling; be off.
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1877 Word of the Day Nov 26
Redemptioner This name is given in the Southern States to those Germans, Irish, and other Europeans who emigrate from their own country to the United States, and sell their services for a term of time to pay their passage-money and other expenses. — Pickering.
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