The FEMA effect refers to the all-too-predictable incompetence that emerges when the federal government machinery gets into the process.
The ineptitude in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was in part a manifestation of the FEMA effect. They probably think that you French-kiss someone on the elbow.
Lateral cleavage refers to the display of a woman's breasts from the side; a term more polite than sideboob.
While my prom dress did have a little lateral cleavage, it was still okay since I used dressmakers' tape to keep the nipples from being exposed.
An Arkansas virgin is a girl that can run faster than her brothers.
Marilou was, like many girls on the track team, an Arkansas virgin.
A common greeting used by New Orleanians, converying pleasure upon seeing a friend, especially one that has not been seen for a while, more than a request for location. It's an effusive hello.
When I see my friends in New Orleans, we often say, "Where ya at?"
This is a small but important genre of film that fits all of the forms of the classic film noir, but is set in a bleak, impoverished Appalachian setting. This type of film features corruption, crime, moral ambiguity, a hero in conflict, and a mysterious woman. In many of them, moonshining or bootlegging or some other indigenous Southern form of unlawful activity is featured.
Robert Mitchum's "Thunder Road" and Gregory Peck's "I Walk the Line" are two very important examples of the hillbilly film noir.
A porcine cosmetologist is a periphrastic term for someone who puts lipstick on a pig
; in other words, a spin doctor
. This is someone who attempts to make something more favorable or attractive than it really is.
The typical actor or politician in trouble is in need of a porcine cosmetologist.
Ostentatious piety. An open display of religious sentiment primarily for the consumption or edification of others.
Mary had three saints' statues and habitually did flying novenas; she was heavily into bondieuserie.