184 definitions by al-in-chgo

127
A Male nURSE. Often used within the industry to refer to nurses who are male.
"Joe doesn't like the term "male nurse"; he says it's old-fashioned."

"So what then?"

"Murse."
by al-in-chgo May 14, 2016

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128
The seven nations of West Central Asia that form a large subcontinental block and are generally the heirs of Mideastern, Asian far Eastern European cultural, linguistic and religious traditions.

The term is one of convenience often used by diplomats and other students of the region to refer to this large bloc of countries.

They are:

Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Pakistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
"Did you know "Stan" is Persian for "Place" or "Country?"
"As in what?"
"As in the -stan nations of Central Asia and other regions inside or near that area."
"And this helps me how?"
"It's a term you hear every now and then."
by al-in-chgo December 07, 2014

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129
Metaphor describing a phenomenon that is inherently painful or repulsive, but from which the spectator can't turn away -- it's as compelling as sucking a tooth socket that recently had a tooth in it.
"Worst. Play. Ever."

"Why did you stay?"

"It was a like sucking a tooth that had just been removed -- I knew it was awful and would stay awful, but I just couldn't stop watching."
by al-in-chgo July 07, 2014

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130
A ceiling fan, usually five-bladed, that incorporates a chandelier, usually with four light fixtures.
Every bedroom in the house has a fandelier, and they use a remote-control for the on-off switch.
by al-in-chgo January 13, 2014

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131
Short for "tattoo sleeve": A tattoo that covers all or most of a person's forearm, as though it were the sleeve of a shirt.
Duane ("The Rock") Johnson has a very impressive tat sleeve.
by al-in-chgo August 13, 2012

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From "BOgus" (fake, false, faux) + "-OSITY" (humorous suffix, compare "Heaviosity" at this site):

1. The quality of something that is manifestly false (or bogus)

2. Something contrived, or patently false, designed to project a pleasing image or message through the media (newspapers, TV news, etc).

3. A polite way to say "bullshit," when the situation calls for something a little milder.
(Speaking of politicians who project a "folksy" manner when they themselves are not of humble beginnings):

"But alas, judgments about who's faking it are left primarily to what we might call (for the imposed lack of a more familiar but less printable term)* the bogosity detectors of the American people."

Meghan Daum, L.A. Times columnist, August 12, 2011 (printed in Chicago Tribune).

* She means "Bullshit."
by al-in-chgo August 12, 2011

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133
Judgment City is that part of town where all the buildings are of medium height, usually located near expressways, and built between the early Sixties and the mid-Eighties. Its style is some variation on International Style as exemplified by the almost inevitable flat roofs with HVAC equipment forming a "sore thumb" addendum to the roof lines. Judgment City gets its name from the sterile corporate complex that is the setting for most of the plot of Albert Brooks' satiric comedy DEFENDING YOUR LIFE.

Beige is the predominant theme of Judgment City -- beige for the cast-concrete slabs that form some buildings, most bridges, and practically all covered parking structures attached to those buildings that no longer are surrounded by enormous asphalt parking lots. Beige also shows up in more overtly pseudo-sophisticated building techniques like pebbled walls (usually more concrete but with a deliberate random design), or the vertical walls with pretend fluting that are made of a whiter shade of concrete.

Judgment City areas generally push retail and housing to its edges because in these neo-downtowns, rents are too expensive to support low-rise concerns.

If, however, you come across a newer area that is not flat-roofed and beige, but equally corporate with such building features as monopitch or steepled roofs, ziggurat-edged walls and exposed structural elements like gray PPG plate glass or red girders, you've gone beyond Modern into Post-Modern: Legoland. (See "Legoland".)
-- Recall that in Albert Brooks' movie DEFENDING YOUR LIFE, the newer retail outlets in Judgment City, like nail salons or frozen-yogurt shops, were going up on the edge of town.

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by al-in-chgo May 20, 2011

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