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side-pocket

side-pocket  n.— «A hedge fund often invests into securities which are not quickly or easily converted into cash. Often this happens by way of a “side-pocket” where all illiquid securities are segregated.» —“United...

The Blue Bark Mystery (minicast)

A caller asks a delicate question about the phrase “blue bark shipment,” a term involving the transport of deceased members of the military. Martha and Grant discuss this puzzling expression and the challenge of tracking down its...

squid

squid  n.— «Grumney’s main goal is to find a safe place to practice, off the streets and away from other motorists. Add to that the challenge of finding those safe spots, finding money and avoiding unsafe riders, who are commonly referred...

river rash

river rash  n.— «“It’s like I told the U.P.S. man the other day, it’s the challenge,” said Mr. Ramsey, who has a tattoo of a catfish on one shoulder and whose forearms are cross-hatched with battle scars, known in noodling circles as...

singletrack

singletrack  n.— «Mountain bikers are always hunting for something called singletrack. Like fresh powder for skiers or the perfect wave for surfers, singletrack is one part natural phenomenon, one part mystical experience and one part...