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What Even Is a ‘Hard-Ass’?

What exactly does it mean to be a hard-ass? Not a cheap ass. Not a smart ass. Not even a candy ass. I’m talking about…

Why Is Everyone Suddenly Saying ‘Y’All’?

Adrian has started hearing it from white folks in Denver, and he’s always taken aback when he learns they aren’t from the South. David used to…

From Football Hooligans to Women, Too?: The Evolution of ‘Lad’ as a Gender-Neutral Term

A few months ago, I dialed into our daily pitch meeting from my greater London house five minutes late. As my digital arrival interrupted several…