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saltie

saltie  n.— «The problem is oceangoing vessels, commonly called salties. But salties account for less than 7% of the cargo moved on the Great Lakes and Seaway, according to the Corps of Engineers.» —“Lock the lakes, groups...

Panamax

Panamax  n.—Gloss: a cargo ship built to be small enough to go through the Panama Canal. «The ships are bound for Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. (Very little Australian coal goes to China.) The bigger ones are called “Capies”...

grocery-getter

grocery-getter  n.— «Entry-level cars must provide reasonable interior and ride comfort, have sufficient power, carry cargo and return good fuel economy. All five of this year’s entries address these needs. I have one quibble: if these are...

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson  n.— «Tonight’s “Inside American Airlines—a Week in the Life,” which informs viewers that the cargo containers labeled “Jim Wilson” are the ones holding cadavers.» —“But who’s that flying back in...

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson  n.— «A “Jim Wilson,” for example, is airline industry argot for a cadaver being shipped in cargo; undertakers routinely ask for “Jim Wilson” fares. So when a computer executive’s wife inquired about her...

Kangaroo Duck

Kangaroo Duck  n.— «Kangaroo Duck (K-Duck) Operations. K-Duck operations are used when cargo space in the H-60 cannot support a T-Duck or the mission requires such speed and surprise that an already inflated CRRC is necessary.…The...