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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place that is considered a breeding ground for epidemic disease.

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  • n. A place where a pest (contagious disease) is present or likely

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  • n. a breeding ground for epidemic disease

Etymologies

pest (“disease”) +‎ hole (“miserable place”) (Wiktionary)

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  • The Stanley Motor Carriage Company was a manufacturer of steam-engine vehicles; it operated from 1902 to 1924. The cars made by the company were colloquially called Stanley Steamers, although several different models were produced.
    - Wikipedia.

    October 25, 2011

  • Get yer commie mitts off my Kentucky Fried Chicken. And, last time I checked, Stanley Steamer was not a kind of car.

    October 24, 2011

  • "Next we can take a meat-cleaver to production work itself. No more war production, nuclear power, junk food, feminine hygiene deodorant -- and above all, no more auto industry to speak of. An occasional Stanley Steamer or Model T might be all right, but the auto-eroticism on which such pestholes as Detroit and Los Angeles depend is out of the question. Already, without even trying, we've virtually solved the energy crisis, the environmental crisis and assorted other insoluble social problems."
    - Bob Black, The Abolition of Work, 1985.

    October 24, 2011