The attempt to catalog all the ways that Americans can go crazy dates at least to 1840, when the Census included a question on “idiocy/insanity.” From those two simple categories, we now have more than 300 separate disorders; they are listed in a 943-page book called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM for short.
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is taking flak this week for his use of the term “tar baby” while addressing a group of Iowa Republicans on July 29 in a reference to Boston’s troubled Big Dig highway project. Was he offensive in doing so
The idea of a Slang dictionary is in many ways counterintuitive or, one might say, a bit bonkers. Slang by nature is cool, and dictionaries are uncool
The photograph was shocking: a hooded detainee, in U.S.