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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.)...

valleytronics

valleytronics  n.— «Scientists have also explored more esoteric aspects of graphene, including a prediction from more than half a century ago. Because of how the electrons flowing in graphene interact with the honeycomb chicken-wire...

lining out

lining out  n.— «Though from central Scotland, the band have used Gaelic in their name (Dubh means black). This is a link to the claims of the similarities between Gaelic psalms and pre-blues gospel and spiritual music of black American...

put a nickel in someone

put a nickel in someone  v. phr.— «It came from the days of the Nickelodeon (very early 20th century) and was retailed to me by my grandmama. People would pop a nickle into the Nickelodeon (player piano) and a frantically energetic and...