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A Whole New Ball Game

A listener from Texas heard an NPR report from Asia in which an interpreter translated a speaker’s words into English as “a whole new ball game.” He wants to know if that’s a literal translation from an Asian language, and if...

mad-mugging

mad-mugging  n.— Note: Same as mean-mugging. «Mao, a Southeast Asian gang member, apparently believed somebody at the Chevron station at Hammer Lane and Holman Road “mad-mugged” him, a street term used to describe challenging...

banyan model

banyan model  n.— «He proposes that work groups whose members are widely dispersed but need to have high levels of coordination—say, a computer security team protecting a global bank—do not have to assemble everyone in one room to reap the...

nippertipping

nippertipping  n.— «York Region police have launched hate-crime investigations into four incidents of “nippertipping,” acts of violence or mischief targeting mostly Asian-Canadians.» —“Hate-crime probe...

groundhopping

groundhopping  n.— «Its called groundhopping, and even the hobby’s followers acknowledge it is a little strange.…groundhoppers ticking off matches at this year’s Asian Cup, crisscrossing the region frantically to squeeze in as many...

sushero

sushero  n.— «A Mexican runs the sushi counter at Midori, the anchor of an Asian strip on the Northwest Side, molding seaweed, rice and fish with effortless speed. Mexican sushi chefs have become so commonplace that they now have their own...