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black starting

black starting  n.— «The loss of four major transmission lines from Hawaiian Electric’s Kahe power plant last night triggered an island-wide blackout.…HECO was woking last night to restart its generators at Kahe and Waiau, a process...

labette

labette  n.— «The center is envisioned as a “labette,” a little laboratory, that will examine whether the old way of telling stories—particularly those delivered to the millions on screen, with a beginning, a middle and an end—is in...

Duct Tape vs. Duck Tape

Is that oh-so-handy sticky stuff called duct tape or duck tape? An Emmy-nominated filmmaker is wondering, specifically because he has to instruct narrators to be careful to avoid running together a “T” sound at the end of a word with the...

broom

broom  v.— «The number of wolves in the refuge is increasing, and biologists are beginning to see browse that is “broomed,” a term used to describe willows that have been topped and are mushrooming, Aderman said.» —“Number of twins...

play bow

play bow  n.— «Social play has its own vocabulary. Dogs have a particular body posture called the “play bow”—forelegs extended, rump in the air—that they use as both invitation and punctuation. A dog will perform a play bow at...

lysdexia

lysdexia  n.— «Like my “lysdexia” only a “reasonable accommodation” is possible never victory, never recovery. The dyslexia was reasonably accommodated in some serendipitous ways beginning at the age of four in 1951...

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