Nearly empty of wasps, however, are electric-car manufactories, Internet startups, and the X Games.
For generations—the three centuries when wasps ran the country—my family rose and stayed aloft.
“wasps are like the Alawites of America, a rare breed,” says the now 70-year-old Sheehy.
But with wasps, the caretakers lock the explanatory sorrows away, then swallow the key.
wasps, birds, rodents, small mammals, and snakes will all dine on the Magicicadas of Brood II.
I'll go back to my frogs and toads and leeches, and spiders and wasps and bees.
When the bottles are filled with insects, the liquor must be poured into another vial, and the wasps crushed on the ground.
Gianbattista's words stung in his ears like the sting of wasps.
The wasps were there, dozens of them, and they had built a nest in the upper corner of the room.
He was shrewd as well as high-spirited; he was not covetous for the garden if the wasps' nest remained undemolished.
acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, 1962, often said to have been coined by University of Pennsylvania sociologist E. Digby Baltzell (1915-1996), but first recorded reference is in an article by E.B. Palmore in "American Journal of Sociology."
Old English wæps, wæsp, altered (probably by influence of Latin vespa) from West Germanic *wabis- (cf. Old Saxon waspa, Middle Dutch wespe, Dutch wesp, Old High German wafsa, German Wespe, Danish hveps), from PIE *wobhes-/*wops- (cf. Latin vespa, Lithuanian vapsa, Old Church Slavonic vosa "wasp," Old Irish foich "drone"), perhaps from *webh- "weave" (see weave (v.)). If that is the correct derivation, the insect would be so called for the shape of its nest. Wasp-waist in reference to women's figures is recorded from 1870 (wasp-waisted is from 1775).
An acronym for “white Anglo-Saxon Protestant” — a member of what many consider to be the most privileged and influential group in American society.
[WWI British military; origin unknown; perhaps because the student's name was washed or scrubbed from the roster]