4 definitions by patsw

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An ailment causing real or imagined nausea, fainting, or dizziness on the part of Victorian women or women of similar delicate sensitivity. The cause is something seen or heard which so offends their modesty, there is no response they are capable of uttering. Typically a matter of sexual or cultural taboo is being violated, such as the mention of a sexual or excretory organ in conversation.
1. When Larry Summers claimed that men may have a greater innate ability in math than women, MIT biologist Nancy Hopkins had the vapors. In her own words she later explained "if I hadn't left, I would've either blacked out or thrown up."

2. The reaction of characters played by Margaret Dumont in the films of the Marx Brothers to something shocking.
by patsw May 16, 2009
In helping to correct a problem which originated in past poor moral judgments, creating incentives for the same problem to repeat in the future without addressing the original poor moral judgments. Since there is an expectation that one was helped once, one will be helped again.
Giving money to banks which do not reform their mortgage lending practices creates a moral hazard
by patsw March 02, 2009
(from William Magear Tweed, political leader in New York City 1823-1878) over-development, unnecessary development, or development out of character with the neighborhood, facilitated by corrupt zoning changes, tax abatements, or incentives by politicians to benefit politically connected developers. In short: private gain at public expense.
That area was once two-family homes, now it is being converted to high rises because of a zoning change, it is tweeding in action.
by patsw December 23, 2009
To disagree, with the significant stipulation that the speaker will not attempt to change their mind of the listener.
On that point, we agree to disagree.
by patsw May 16, 2009

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