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Using Ornithology to Name Cars

Why are the names of cars so unimaginative? Grant argues that auto manufacturers might take inspiration from ornithology to build a better car name. (Then again, would you be any less aggravated if you were rear-ended by a lazuli bunting?) This is...

mascara

mascara  n.— «The A5 coupe, on which this convertible is based, was a breakout car for Audi in 2008, not only for its lovely proportions but also because it was the first mainstream Audi to feature the now-signature LED headlight...

drifting

drifting  n.— «Sheriff’s Deputy Paul McRedmond says Kevin Enderlin was speeding in a car that crossed the centerline on a southeast Portland road and collided with a van. McRedmond says investigators believe Enderlin might have been...

cooping

cooping  n.— «In the end, Officer Bacon, Shield No. 1627, accidentally locked himself in the back seat of a patrol car while napping—known as “cooping”—during an overnight security shift at 1 Police Plaza. The 911 operator he called for...

schluff

schluff  v.—Gloss: To temporarily dismount a bicycle and use it something like a scooter in a place where bicycle-riding is forbidden or unwelcome. «Sidewalk bike riding is like jaywalking—who among us cannot resist, once in a while or...

I Hosey That

If you want to claim something—say, the front seat of a car or the last piece of cake—what do you say? Dibs? Boney? How about “I hosey that!”? The hosts talk about this New England expression, its possible origins, and its equivalent in...