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Man-happen’in

Man-happen’in  n.— «Jessie Raven, 18, a December graduate from Lincoln-Way Central High School, is getting an education of a lifetime, spending four months in Beijing with her aunt and uncle. It’s a long way from Manhattan, or “Man...

water neutral

water neutral  adj.— «Last June, Coca-Cola CEO Neville Isdell flew to Beijing and pledged that his company would become “water neutral”—every drop of water it uses to produce beverages would be returned to the earth or...

Language Headlines (minicast)

Grant has the latest headlines from the world of language, including the debate over the name of the home of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Is Beijing pronounced bay-JING or bay-ZHING? Also, a recent court decision concerning an offense that’s...

Beijing hack

Beijing hack  n.— «Within a couple hours of our arrival, Elisa and I had already acquired what we referred to as the “Beijing hack.”…He warned that some of the games would have to be rescheduled because of pollution if...

mobile phone elbow

mobile phone elbow  n.— «A surgeon from a Beijing hospital says more and more white-collar workers are turning up with a strange disease they dub “mobile phone elbow.” The patients’ elbows are painful or numb, and sometimes...