What it means: People (men, mostly) who dress up as clowns for Philadelphia's annual New Year's Day parade. The word "mummer" seems to come from the German, but no one knows for sure what it means. Read all about them here.
How you can use it: When conversing with Philadelphians. "Sorry about your football team, but hey, at least you have mummers."
First of all, I want to say: YakTrax rule. I walked uphill through an ice fall this morning, and didn't even slip. Thanks, Jen and Lek!
Second, I am sad to see the holiday season end. I've had an especially happy Christmas and New Year's. Before I take Chris down to Portland -- which will officially end the season for me -- I join Ebenezer Scrooge in his vow:
I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.
Happy new year!