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comment What does a person “with about two dollars to one’s name” mean?
@FumbleFingers - I think I read the article in the early 90's, before the WWW and long before Google. Another approach for the OP is to email the author at the New Yorker and ask them. The articles (in the print edition) usually list an email address at the end. The short columns may not but could contact an editor. Given the New Yorker's famous fact checking policy (even the cartoons are fact checked) I'm sure someone there will know the answer.
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answered What does a person “with about two dollars to one’s name” mean?
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comment What do you call a disk drive that is not solid state?
Prior to drum storage there was liquid storage. To temporarily store some bits of data there were liquid mercury tanks. The bits were encoded as waves that went down the tank and came back again. So there was liquid-state storage. But I agree with your definition of solid state from electronics. As technology progressed more devices (music players, controller systems, car computers, medical devices) progressed to solid state technology and became more reliable. An antonym of solid state in the electronics world (and not the hard disk world) might be analog.
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answered Is there a word for a change so small that it doesn’t seem to be a change at all?
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answered Antonym of “suspend” as in “Suspend a user account”
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comment What does “up she rises” mean in the sea shanty “Drunken Sailor”?
I've heard the 'hoo-ray and up she rises' version and it was explained to me that they were lifting the sails during the chorus (as they would pull in unison on the ropes) and during the verses they would take a breather.