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Official Names Puzzle

Puzzle Dude John Chaneski has a quiz about the unofficial terms for familiar things that have less familiar official names. “The Academy Awards of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” for example, are unofficially...

sliming

sliming  n.— «The path to Academy Award victory, however, is beset with many dangers, quite apart from the pressures of walking the red carpet. As Slumdog has grown to be more and more of an Oscar contender, the murky Hollywood art of...

cog

cog  n.— «The drugs, known as “cognition enhancers” could improve brain performance in a number of ways, from sharpening short-term memory and increasing speed of thought. The Academy of Medical Sciences has already advised...

thick blue line

thick blue line  n.— «A new report from the national police academy points to such a lack of intellectual rigour among new recruits that the force is now unflatteringly being referred to as New Zealand’s “thick blue line...

five and fly

five and fly  n.— «Hamm, of the Air Force Academy, countered that the attitude of quitting after the required five years—known as “five and fly”—was “a minority view.…One of the reasons for the exodus now is the...

come-along

come-along  n.— «When I went to the academy we spent two weeks, (about 10hours), learning hand-to hand combat, which included how to cuff someone, the use of the nightstick, and some joint locks humorously referred to as “come...

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