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nerd bird

nerd bird  n.— «The “nerd bird” lives on, after all. A week after American Airlines said it would cease the San Jose-Austin daily service that bore that nickname, Alaska Airlines said Monday it will inaugurate daily service...

Reassigning Bird Names

Grant notes that birds sometimes get re-christened with a different name. Often a bird’s commemorative name—one that honors a bird’s discoverer—will be replaced years later. Case in point: Rivoli’s hummingbird is now known as the...

bird’s nest on the ground

bird’s nest on the ground  n.— «He deeply resented the suggestion that the White House was his for the taking—a bird’s nest on the ground, as they say in Texas. But with his family’s name and fundraising machine, and a shrewd strategist...

bird dog

bird dog  n.—Gloss: A person who guides an electrical crew to a repair site. «“There’s a lot of sign language for ‘don’t touch,’” said Andy Janosz, a switchman with PSNH in Manchester and the crew’s local “bird dog...

wet-brain drunk

wet-brain drunk  n.— «They dropped pills into my mouth from several inches away as if feeding a baby bird, and even the wet-brain drunks wouldn’t come near me.» —“Me and My Girls” by David Carr New York Times July...

uppie

uppie  n.— «Upland sandpiper stands with a very erect posture for a shorebird. It often will perch on a fence post and make its distinctive wolf whistle call. The “Uppie” has a brown mottled back and a white breast, with black...