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animal enrichment

animal enrichment  n.— «At one point in the afternoon, an Oakland Zoo employee tossed two boxes covered in camel hair and filled with meat cutlets into the tiger pit, a process called “animal enrichment” that simulates prey...

Happy New Year

Greetings, oh wordy ones! We're on vacation, so this past weekend's broadcast was a repeat--uh, "encore presentation"--that originally aired December 2nd and 3rd. It's the one in which we geek-out over...

true up

true up  n.— «Each December, PG&E looks at the costs associated with delivering power to roughly 15 million Californians. In a process called the “true up,” the utility’s executives study their costs to buy electricity from...

poach

poach  v.— «Burton has committed $20,000 to a campaign for equal access for snowboarders. Earlier this month, he said he would award $5,000 to boarders who submit the best footage of themselves riding at resorts that prohibit them—a...

stunt

stunt  v.— «Anthony Johnson, 14, said not having girls around for freshman year “takes the pressure off.” “We don’t have to what I call “stunt” in front of the girls,” he said. “The only thing the...

brainbump

brainbump  n.— «Other exam answer keys are available for everything from school bus driver to medical technician, and for a range of military skills. The sites are called “brainbumps” in Internet jargon.» —“Web sites offer...