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  • n. yarn (twisted fibers for weaving)
  • interj. A response that expresses disbelief or mockery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dialectic form of yarn.

Etymologies

From Old English gearn. (Wiktionary)
From go on. (Wiktionary)

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  • A measure of severity of space sickness:

    "Jake Garn was sick, was pretty sick. I don't know whether we should tell stories like that. But anyway, Jake Garn, he has made a mark in the Astronaut Corps because he represents the maximum level of space sickness that anyone can ever attain, and so the mark of being totally sick and totally incompetent is one Garn. Most guys will get maybe to a tenth Garn, if that high. And within the Astronaut Corps, he forever will be remembered by that."

    Dr. Robert Stevenson; Johnson Space Center Oral History Project.

    See also origin of the term garn , which suggests that Doonesbury may have played a role in the term's origin.

    July 28, 2008