I often wonder the derivation of this. I've heard it from my younger brother and his clique, who seem a constant cauldron of language use. My best guess is it's a vulgar corruption of the idiom "it's the tops," with something more tangibly desired (at least from most males' perspective) replacing "tops".
The position that the very question of whether a god or gods exist is meaningless, usually starting from the point that consistent definitions of the word god either do not exist or are impossible to construct.
The Whipple procedure during medical school was either the thing you couldn't believe you got to assist on, or the thing you couldn't believe you had to assist on.
For a surgery junkie, it's great. It's one of the most intense re-plumbing jobs commonly done. For those of us who just wanted to pass surgery and be done, it was an eight-hour torture session. On your feet, masked, capped, and gowned, holding some stupid retractor or another until the early evening.
My proposal for a more sensible construction meaning "someone who dislikes homosexuals." It adopts an obsolete Attic term of abuse, malakos as a new geuzennaam.
My problems with homophobe are A) with the first morpheme homo, which can only be reasonably interpreted as the English slang word homo, and not as a Latin or Greek root; and B) the second morpheme -phobe which emphasizes fear instead of loathing, and perhaps implies the oft-cited but to-me not perfectly convincing trope that all those who really dislike gays dislike them because they're afraid they're secretly homosexual themselves.
Chloroplasts are also thought to be the descendants of endosymbiotic bacteria. Mitochondria and chloroplasts both have a genome separate from the main nuclear DNA, though most of their day-to-day functions have been shifted to the cell nucleus.
Interestingly, some biologists advocate that the eukaryoticflagellum is also a descendant of an endosymbiont, specifically a spirochete, a kind of spiral-shaped bacterium. This has less traction, so far.
A simple lottery device used by Athenians during the period of their democracy to randomly choose citizens for public posts. It consisted of a flat surface incised with many slots into which the citizens' tokens would be placed, as well as a tube that was to be filled with different-colored balls that were cranked out, the color of which determining which rows of slots would be chosen. Quod vide.
Given that the Wikipedia article on XPG (Phrygian) notes that known inscriptions of the language seem fairly close to the reconstructed PIE (Proto Indo-European), poetically at least it seems maybe Psammetichus's experiment wasn't far off.
Originally referred to the Saudi religious policemen, or enforcement officers of the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. Now can be extended to any similar body that enforces strict (and socially inhibiting) interpretations of religious law.
An exceptionally-long (but varying) period of time in Hindu and Buddhist thought.
The best explanation ever:
Every 100 years, a bird flies over the summit of Mount Sumeru and, in so doing, brushes the pinnacle with a red silk scarf held in its beak. A kalpa is the period of time it takes to wear the mountain down to nothing by this activity.