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gateRule No. 57: Adding “-gate” to a noun means we think something’s fishy here but no one’s been convicted yet.

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September 25, 2014 at 11:56 am

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Rule No. 56: All heroes are “unsung” up until the moment they appear on morning network television.

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September 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

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Rule No. 55: A person is “well-known” if spell-check doesn’t underline his or her name in red.

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September 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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Rule No. 54: “At first glance” means we started with this lede, but the reporting didn’t pan out.

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September 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

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Rule No. 53: Any place that isn’t New York, Boston, Los Angeles or San Francisco is “the heartland.”

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April 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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Rule No. 52: All suburbs are “leafy.” They always have “well-manicured lawns.”

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April 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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Rule No. 51: When we describe something as “cutting edge,” we mean we don’t know how it works.

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March 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm

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