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Seeking English words with meanings hidden in plain sight

Help me find English words that have meanings hidden in plain sight. For example, it only recently occurred to me that a "quart" is a quarter of a gallon. [more inside]
posted by alms on May 4, 2010 - 142 answers

First Rate and Second Rate in the Raj

I'm looking for two Indian (Hindi?) words that mean "high quality" and "low quality" and were used, for example, during the Brittish Raj to describe building construction as first rate or second rate. [more inside]
posted by alms on Nov 12, 2006 - 7 answers

babababababababa

Is there a name for the gesture/vocalization that consists of flapping your finger up and down between your lips while making sound with your vocal cords? It comes out as something like "wawawawawawa" or "bababababa" and is often done by people as a way to entertain/communicate with babies. [more inside]
posted by alms on Oct 16, 2006 - 17 answers

How to Describe Being XXX'd

Is there a name for this phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by alms on Aug 9, 2006 - 24 answers

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