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escalator effect

escalator effect  n.— «In the most likely outcome—a rise of 2.8 degrees Celsius by the turn of the century, according to the IPCC—400-550 birds could go extinct. If temperatures climb even more, that number would increase drastically. This...

suspenser

suspenser  n.— «“Mauritius” caters efficiently to a hunger that Broadway hasn’t been gratifying in recent years. That’s the corkscrew-twist drama of suspense, a genre that was a theatrical staple for much of the 20th century.…And...

m-banking

m-banking  n.— «In many countries, mobile phones are already used on a small scale for deposits and remittances. This could be scaled up to become the new bank architecture of the 21st century. The biggest potential for m-banking, as it is...

historical rhyme

historical rhyme  n.— «Take George Bush. By whom I mean George Bush (1796-1859), first cousin of the president’s great-great-great-grandfather. It would be hard to find a more unlikely forebear.…He published his first book...

hog

hog  n.— «There are, however, a number of investors—for example, central banks and pension funds—that rely only on the rating agencies for their information. Thus they fail to act when the markets start moving, and are forced to act when...

alpha kitty

alpha kitty  n.— «I’m an Alpha Kitty: brave, intuitive, fierce, passionate and…well, yes, weird.…We love fashion—but Alpha Kitties don’t wear muzzles. (Not even when they’re made of diamonds—that’s so 20th century, dahling.)...