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Speaker Pelosi's phrase makes it into 'Urban Dictionary'

Published: Tuesday January 16, 2007
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has the honor of having a phrase she coined entered into the popular Urban Dictionary site, Roll Call's "Heard on the Hill" reports in a subscriber-only column.

In a column item titled "Stewardess, I Speak Jive," Ben Pershing writes he's "intrigued to learn that Pelosi is the first-ever female Speaker to create a phrase that actually made it into the Urban Dictionary, which can be peeped at"

Pelosi is credited for the phrase "marble ceiling," which according to the site is defined as "a discriminatory barrier keeping a certain class of people out of an upper echelon of American government. Distinguished from a glass ceiling because not only is this class prevented from rising to the next level, they cannot even see what is going on up there."

Pershing writes that "Pelosi's office declined to say whether she is geeked by this honor."

Urban Dictionary is an online dictionary whose entries are added and voted on by its users. It was founded by Aaron Peckham in 2001.