The theme, by Greg Poulos, features the WORD OF THE YEAR chosen by the Annual American Dialect Society. The clues are the definitions of the terms, plus their honored year. Some, like DUMPSTER FIRE ("spectacular disaster "), APP, or WMD, have stayed with us. Others are terms that didn't quite take off and aren't remembered well today, like MILLENNIUM BUG ("rollover problem? "). That's Y2K bug to us old fogies, thank you. And then there's the never-taken-off PLUTOED ("demoted "). No one has ever said PLUTOED.
London's KEW Gardens stays in my mind because of the epigram by Alexander Pope:
I am his highness’s dog at Kew;Hey, Saturday we had Ahmad tea. Today we have AHMAD Jamal, a jazz pianist.
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
I love My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but I don't know NIA Vardalos' name offhand.
Did you know an ACRE is "one chain by one furlong?" Me neither. A furlong is 660 feet, or for those of you in the advanced class, 40 rods. A chain is 66 feet, or 1/10 of a furlong. So an acre is 660 feet by 66 feet, or 10 square chains. Also, why do we have all these measurements??
For "foreign exchange student in American Pie" I had *NAIIA, thinking it looked odd but maybe it was a deliberately ridiculous foreign sounding name that the frat dudes had trouble with or something. But I had *AIDING for "contributing to" at the crossfill, and it was actually ADDING, making her name the much more regular-sounding NADIA. She was played by Shannon Elizabeth, which, wow. I should remember that.
The two wives of Henry VII named ANNE are Anne Boleyn (the second wife, lasted three years) and Anne of Cleves (the fourth wife, lasted six months).
Hey, we had ETON cap on November 3, now we have ETON collar.
Good fresh fill: HO HO HO, GAY BAR, PIANO WIRE.
AND LO, that's the end.