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boss-nap

boss-nap  v.— «Boss-napping—as it is now known—is becoming increasingly common in France, against the fraught backdrop of economic crisis. The chief executive and director of human resources of Sony France were both held hostage by...

Indian Summer

Is there any connection between term Indian summer and the term Indian giver? A caller worries that might be the case, but the hosts assure her it’s not. By the way, that marvelous cultural history of Indian summer that Martha recommends is...

polliwogging

polliwogging  n.— «Iowa DNR fisheries technician Adam Thiese found the first Higgins eye within 30 minutes of the opening bell. Using a technique dubbed “polliwogging,” he slipped downstream on his knees, probing the bottom...

hot tubbing

hot tubbing  n.— «He might have preferred a new way of hearing expert testimony that Australian lawyers call hot tubbing. In that procedure, also called concurrent evidence, experts are still chosen by the parties, but they testify...

suckers’ rally

suckers’ rally  n.— «They raise the hopes of investors. They occur out of nowhere. They can be money-making opportunities. But they tend to be fleeting. These are the stock rallies that occur when the economic outlook is bleak, news...

thermal roughening

thermal roughening  n.— «In February, crews started blasting the sidewalks with a blowtorch—or “thermal roughening,” as they call it—to burn away the slippery top layer of stone.» —“Mayor Bloomberg orders $1M worth of...