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cleanout

cleanout  n.— «Salvation comes in the form of large cleansing cool winds that sweep in from the northwest. But as luck would have it, Rochester is the last to benefit from Mother Nature’s air freshener. After pushing through Detroit Lakes...

Weight Loss Program Word Quiz

Quiz Guy Greg Pliska has a puzzle called “Weight Loss Program.” The object is to guess a pair of words from his clues. Remove a unit of weight from the first word in the pair, and you’ll get the second word. Example: “A Palm...

retire/rehire

retire/rehire  n.— «The practice of allowing state employees to retire, collect a pension or realize some other lump sum benefit and then be rehired for the same job is not working as intended. The practice is called retire/rehire and it’s...

Delaware effect

Delaware effect  n.— «The Irish government has thrown everybody (and that includes Sarkozy and Merkel) off track by guaranteeing every last penny in its banks. The risks run by this kind of unilateral action inside the European Union are...

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...

ghost bike

ghost bike  n.— «They appeared late Monday around Allegheny County, 14 bicycles painted a ghostly white and chained to poles with a cryptic sign: “Cyclist Struck Here.” The roadside memorials are the work of Ghost Bike...