Month: February 2019

sniglet

“Sniglet” is another word for “neologism,” which describes a relatively recent word or phrase that has become commonly used. The term “sniglet” was created by comedian Rich Hall on the 1980s HBO comedy series Not Necessarily the News. Each monthly episode had a segment on sniglets, which Hall described as “any word that doesn’t appear in the dictionary, but should.”…

gravy train

If you’re riding the “gravy train,” you’re enjoying ease, success, or profit, particularly if it’s undeserved and somebody else is paying for it. Gravy is a delicious, rich, fattening food, and the word is frequently used to describe luxuries or large amounts of money. It can also mean obtaining a windfall, such as an inheritance or a lottery prize. Related…

cat got your tongue?

“Cat got your tongue?” is a question addressed to someone who is inexplicably silent. The phrase was in common use until the mid-1900s, and I certainly remember hearing it as a child. But perhaps I heard it because I was a child, since it was often asked of children who were being suspiciously quiet. Both questions and reprimands for children…