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  • Means "wart" in Arabic.

    July 13, 2009

  • "Santa bookings have dropped so steeply that the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas, which represents 700 jolly souls in red velvet, held a series of meetings to discuss their economic survival. Among the tips: If clients can't afford an extended Santa visit at $125 an hour, offer them a quickie drop-in. "Have him read a story to the group instead of having everyone come sit on Santa's lap," suggests Nicholas Trolli, who says bookings are down 50% for the 20 Santas he represents along the East Coast."
    - Stephanie Simon, 'Glum Tidings: Santa Gets Sacked as Cities, Companies Look to Save', Wall Street Journal, 10 November 2008.

    November 11, 2008