Sunday, December 19, 2004

Chan Dictionary Entries for The Chinese Cat

We have two entries for the Charlie Chan Dictionary today:

JITTERBUG:
(1) A strenuous dance performed to quick-tempo sling or jazz music and consisting of various two-step patterns embellished with twirls and sometimes acrobatic maneuvers.
(1) One who performs this dance.
(Birmingham Brown: "A jitterbugging skeleton! Now I've seen everything!")

THIRD DEGREE:
mental or physical torture used to obtain information or a confession from a prisoner.
(Charlie Chan: "You see? Third degree not work.")

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