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Hit Me Up

If you’re of a certain age, you may be surprised when someone asks you “hit me up”—and even more so when it turns out he’s asking you to call him on his cell phone. Grant explains how “hit me up” began to take on...

triggerfish

triggerfish  n.— «A cell site simulator, digital analyzer, or a triggerfish can electronically force a cellular telephone to register its mobile identification number (“MIN,” i.e., telephone number) and electronic serial number...

sanctuary cell

sanctuary cell  n.— «Back in 1996, when “cocktails” of antiretroviral drugs were proved effective, some researchers proposed that all cells harboring HIV might eventually die off, leading to eradication of HIV from the body—in...

phone boot

phone boot  n.—Gloss: An informal location for recharging a cell phone or paying to place a phone call on another person’s phone. Note: A play on “phone booth” and “boot,” the rear storage compartment of a motor...

sickler

sickler  n.— «On a matter of semantics, the use of nomenclature derived from the names of diseases, such as “diabetics,” “epileptics” and, in this case, “sicklers,” may be viewed as pejorative and...

sexting

sexting  n.— «Van Hollen said that online sexual predators often use chat rooms to obtain and trade images. He also noted that predators also use cell phones for explicit chat, a practice known as sexting.» —“State AG taking on...