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Term adopted by fans of CBS-TV's police-procedural drama, THE MENTALIST. Came from a typically offhanded slighting remark by title character Patrick Jane (Simon Baker). Refers to the kind of just-barely-dressy beachcomber-type sandals often worn by Teresa Lisbon, co-star (Robin Tunney).

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"My firm is very conservative and frowns slightly on Lisbon Loafers, even in the summer. Actually, policy is kind of hypocritical because no one minds secretaries in them, but nonetheless it's a big turn-off to HR when a women interviews in them. Unfair, no?"

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by al-in-chgo July 01, 2010

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Typically a Mutual Fund is an investment fund aimed at individual investors sponsored by an investment (or "mutual fund") house like Fidelity, Vanguard or T. Rowe Price. Each fund holds a "market basket" of stocks or bonds and individual investors buy into the fund by buying a share at "Net Asset Value," which is the total worth of the fund's holdings, calculated every day, divided by the number of shares outstanding. In other words, a mutual fund whose portfolio (value of all holdings) is worth a million dollars that has a hundred thousand shares outstanding will value those shares at ten dollars apiece. A typical stock-based mutual fund can earn its investors money in three ways: the dividends and capital gains that stocks pay out, and possible appreciation of the fund value per share.

For an individual investor, the advantage of owning a mutual fund is that s/he achieves diversity -- mutual funds own more than fifty stocks, on average -- that could not be achieved by buying a typical hundred shares of stock in only a few corporations. The disadvantages of such funds are that the "load" (sales commission) involved in buying or selling such funds can be considerable, and all funds incur some sort of service fees; that's how the investment house earns its money. Also, no "equity" or stock-based investment is guaranteed.
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"My broker wants me to buy shares in something called an "open-end fund" but I don't know what that means."

"That's just a way to describe the majority of mutual funds, which remain open to all new investors who have the money to invest in them."

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by al-in-chgo March 25, 2010

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Three definitions:

1. Mock fighting or wrestling, horseplay, slapping, or grab-assing, usually indulged in by immature boys.

2. Adults who evade work responsibility by indulging in tomfoolery or idle socializing when there is work to be done.

3. Current euphemism for "have sex," having replaced "make love" about 25-30 years ago. "Fooling around" connotes sexual foreplay which may or may not lead to deliberate intercourse depending on the couple's tradition and current opportunity.

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1-"Boys, if you don't stop that fooling around back there, I'm gonna turn this van around and we'll all go home."

2-"The phone was ringing, and where were the front-office employees? In the break room, fooling around as usual."

3-"There's nothing on TV and the kids are asleep. Feel like fooling around?"
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by al-in-chgo August 18, 2010

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1. Tending to provoke or cause controversy by its nature.

2. A cliche the media use to add intrigue or entertainment value to a cultural manifestation or event that is singularly lacking in zest or inherent fascination.

3. Proceeding from 2., sometimes a semiotic code word used by the media to indicate osentible deviance, such as being homosexual or homosexuality, implying (perhaps unwittingly) that the event or person(s) at hand have a lurid background by definition.
1. "It seems that abortion is controversial no matter what a person says about it."

2. "Today we're going to interview Dr. Judah Wellness, whose new book THINK YOURSELF THINNER has become quite controversial."

3. "The TV color commentators keep calling that figure-skater controversial, but where's the controversy? He himself is quite open about being gay and doesn't seem to have a problem with it. I mean, everyone he knows, knows that he's gay."

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"I agree, the use of "controversial" just seems a way to add spice; especially since coming out of the closet hasn't hurt him or his career. What is so sad is that so often, the media people are usually very au courant and sophisticated, and know darn well when they are using that tag in a hypocritical way."
by al-in-chgo February 21, 2010

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Partly gray or streaked with gray. Connotes age, but not necessarily.
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Jerry Garcia was a grizzled and bearded band leader in the decade before his death, but he still had a comparatively young face.
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Barack Obama's flippant reponse to Mitt Romney's complaint during their third televised debate (October 22, 2012) that the U.S. Navy had fewer battleships than at any time since 1917. Obama's remark that the military has fewer "horses and bayonets, too" makes an analogy that measuring battleships (as opposed to aircraft carriers) is an archaic metric of military power, in much the same way that measuring "horses and bayonets" would no longer indicate an army's might. (NB: Marines are still issued bayonets.)
"The Navy has fewer battleships than at any time since 1917."

"The military has fewer horses and bayonets, too. We live in a different world."
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1. The penis itself.

2. Specifically, an erect penis.

3. A representation of a phallus, often exaggerated, in art or myth.

4. A non-literal representation of phallic shape, intent or function.

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1. It's a little pompous to refer to one's penis as a phallus, but it is lexically correct.

2. A penis is for urination; when it becomes erect it is a phallus, serving sexual or reproductive purposes.

3. Two representations of phallus:

a. For example, a primitive sculpture that shows a grotesquely large penis is using the organ as a phallus to indicate fertility, or to represent masculine potency in general.

b. Similarly, the exaggerated genitalia in the work of gay artists such as Tom of Finland emphasize the erotic quality of the phallus, sometimes called hyper-masculinity.

4. A penis, phallus or idea of potency symbolized in an object. The most commonly used term, derived from Freudian psychoanalysis, is called a phallic symbol. One example of this is the very last shot of Hitchcock's 1959 thriller NORTH BY NORTHWEST, which wittily shows a passenger train plunging into a tunnel. Because of the prior plot, the audience knows very well that a train has erotic potential, so the last shot indicates sexual intercourse.

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by al-in-chgo March 14, 2010

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