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Umbers!

A woman who grew up in Albuquerque recalls that when one of her schoolmates got in trouble, she and their peers would say ominously, “Umbers!” This slang term is apparently a hyperlocal version of similarly elongated exclamations like...

mad-dogging

mad-dogging  n.— Note: This term is related to mean-mugging and mad-mugging. «According to all of the news reports two young men met outside of a downtown bar and tried to stare each other down. In Albuquerque this is called “mad-dogging.”...

Tamalewood

Tamalewood  n.— «There, in the shadow of the snow-capped Sandia Mountains, the aircraft-hangar-like buildings at Albuquerque Studios house part of a budding film industry that one local newspaper dubbed Tamalewood. This year, four more...

blisk

blisk  n.— «Aircraft engines can be damaged by foreign objects entering the engine and hitting the fast-spinning airfoils. Modern jet engines use integrally-bladed rotors, often known as blisks, which are made using materials of the...

Chechen ambush

Chechen ambush  n.— «The insurgents had hoped to spring what is called a Chechen ambush. The strategy, Marines determined later, was to wound Marines attempting to enter the building. When other Marines came to help, an insurgent sniper...

soft client

soft client  n.— «Three of those options, the VoIP, cell and desktop computer phone (a “soft client” in the parlance of geekdom), have the option of picking any area code I want the receiving party to see.» —“Really...