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See also INTERROGATION a n d STATE FARM. bench, the. Here come de judge, this topographical euphemism elevates people by identifying them in terms of the positions they occupy. "As for magistrates acquiescing in or relishing the term the bench—surely language is too important a matter to be left in the hands of magistrates" (John Simon, Esquire, 4/25/78). See also OVAL OFFICE. bender. A drunken spree, perhaps from "bender," a hard drinker (? one who bends his elbow a lot, lifting mug to lips), or a nineteenth-century human knee, particularly a female one, and particularly in Boston, home of the bean, the cod, and the bluenose.
Bosom" remains the politest of the many terms that have been used over the years to describe women's breasts. Most of the words relate to form, function, or size. ) PHYSIQUE, pointers, pumps teacups, titties (see TITTIE), tonsils, TNT (Two Nifty Tits), twins warts, and, on a fowl, WHITE MEAT. boss. "Boss" comes from the Dutch baas, meaning "master," but American servants of the early nineteenth century found it possible to say the foreign word, where the English one stuck in their throats, e.
As a rule, women who are anticipating do not actually have babies,- rather, they bring forth vital statistics or BLESSED EVENTS. The gossip 18 appropriate columnists, meanwhile, have given us the fatherly anticipatering, heir conditioned, and infanticipating. By the same treacly token, a newborn bastard is a sinjant. See also EXPECTANT a n d LOVE CHILD. antipersonnel weapon. A people-killer—"personnel" being the military way of eliminating figuratively what the weapon eliminates literally (see PERSONNEL).
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