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  • n. A good person, hero
  • n. A well-meaning hacker who hacks for a good cause or to aid a company, organization, or government without causing harm.


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  • These Maggies, probably from Magpies, because Colonel Ennis used to wear white riding – breeches and black gaiters, and a black jacket and a white stock, with his white hat — were the core and heart of the Digger Movement.


  • At five, you are allowed to want to be a ballerina, or an actress, or a cosmonaut, but at Marina’s age, you are supposed to be serious and think of a real profession, like nursery school teacher, or tram driver, or the local polyclinic doctor in the white hat over suspiciously blond hair who came to our apartment when I had the flu.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • Mr. Mackenzie, at this time in the seventy-sixth year of his age, with a white hat turned up with green, green spectacles, green jacket, and long brown leather gaiters buttoned upon his nether anatomy, wore a dog-whistle round his neck, and had all over the air of as resolute a devotee as the gay captain of Huntly Burn.

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Toque is a French word for “cap,” most famous as toque blanche, the tall white hat originally worn by chefs in monasteries and now the phrase that adorns a thousand bistros.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • There was the navy dress with the white collar and three-quarter-length white cuffed sleeves that had fifty or sixty tight rows of pleating down the bodice front, with a smart belt that had a rhinestone buckle, white hat with net, and gloves, worn with open-toe woven blue wedgies with cork heels and tiny little patent leather bows, tied neatly above the open peekaboo tips, where three, perfectly manicured, red nails were encased under the black-lace toe of the hose covering her foot.

    Roseanne Archy


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