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cyclo

cyclo  n.— «The moment our pedicabs—cyclos, as they are called—pulled up out front, we were surrounded by waiters.» —“Past Lingers In Changing Vietnam” by Amanda Hesser in Vietnam New York Times Aug. 28, 2005...

scarlet letter

scarlet letter  n.— «Two senators unveiled a measure Thursday that would require drivers convicted of three drunken-driving offenses in a five-year period, or four within 10 years, to purchase license plates with a number code that police...

shelf shout

shelf shout  n.— «The level of interest expressed by the marketing world in the new exhibition is indicative of packaging’s growing profile in the marketing mix. As advertising revenues rise and the recession bites, so the need for a point...

puffer

puffer  n.— «The police call them “puffers,” most likely because the little clouds of exhaust they exude during the cold, wintry months resemble puffs of smoke. The police term refers to cars left running while owners wipe off...