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lily-pad

lily-pad  n.— «This is obviously a system that creates not only stunned authors but also “star” editors. These stars whizz from house to house (often at dizzying speeds) trailing a galaxy of authors behind them; often they are...

distant reading

distant reading  n.— «But Moretti is now promoting what he calls “distant reading,” which seems to me to suggest that scholars of literature outsource reading of books to lower-level workers. Moretti has a cadre of workers...

gravy plane

gravy plane  n.— «As Fife and Warren pour out details and examples-the GST exemptions, the “gravy plane” junkets, “double-dipping” through piling patronage jobs on top of generous pensions-you really do lose your...

steaming

steaming  n.— «It’s worth noting that betting syndicates sometimes try to influence the odds on a primetime game like this one by betting heavily on the favorite. Once the line reaches a certain point, these same bettors will put even...

turtle back

turtle back  n.— «I have seen books labeled field guides that are too big or heavy to be comfortably carried on a hike. The guideline is that the book be less than 5 inches wide, 8 inches high and about 1 inch thick so it will fit in a...

momic

momic  n.— «Book loving mobile phone addicts now have a reason to smile, as novels and even comic books are being made available for reading on cell phones. Already a big hit in Japan and China, momics (mobile comics) as they are called...