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wildcatter

A wildcatter is a prospector who sinks exploratory oil wells in areas not known to have oil fields. The term can also be applied to a risky investor. The word was coined in America and dates from the early oil industry in western Pennsylvania. Oil wells in unproven territory were called ‘wild-cat wells’ by 1871, and those who drilled them…

Correction on Free Ebooks

I posted the wrong URL for Smashwords’ catalogue of free or reduced-in-price books. Sorry about that. The correct URL is here.  You’ve still got until midnight Sunday to take advantage of discounted books!  

Short takes

Hidebound — unwilling to change because of tradition or convention. (1600 CE) Close to the bone — near enough to truth to offend some people Ripsnorter — something or someone very strong or violent (1830-40) A day late and a dollar short — too little too late (1939) Foregone conclusion — inevitable result (Othello, Shakespeare 1604) The milk of human…

assorted punches

Here are more idioms from the world of boxing. one-two punch:  Any strong or effective combination of two things. In boxing, this means a left-hand jab immediately followed by a right cross. The jab, usually thrown with 60% power, is designed to get the fighter throwing the jab in range while distracting the opponent. The right cross is a longer…