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moosing

moosing  n.— «“And now a brief word about the essential but disreputable—moosing and liquor,” a freshman advice column penned in the Phoenix in September 1959 reads. While the art of “moosing” (roughly translated as “messing around”) at...

distant reading

distant reading  n.— «But Moretti is now promoting what he calls “distant reading,” which seems to me to suggest that scholars of literature outsource reading of books to lower-level workers. Moretti has a cadre of workers...

Chime

Chime  n.— «A love-in is going on between the Middle East and Asia, in particular China. The growing trade between the regions has spawned a buzz-word: Chime (China, India, Middle East). Another term, equally cheesy, is the New Silk Road...

Pigovian tax

Pigovian tax  n.— «Even libertarians recognize that if one person’s activities impose costs on society as a whole (in this instance, by contributing to global warming), then that person ought to compensate society. This is what’s known as...

blank-check company

blank-check company  n.— «One niche in which the company already leads are officially called a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC). In everyday parlance, they’re known as blank-check companies. What are those? Back in ancient...

Retifism

Retifism  n.— «Retifism (named after a kinky 18th century French novelist named Nicolas-Edme Rétif) is the term for boot and shoe fetishism (sorry, boots don’t get their own term).» —“Getting the boot” by Josey...