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Whether or Not

Is the phrase whether or not redundant? Well, take this sentence: “Whether or not you like it, Martha is dressing as a ballerina.” Would that sound right without the or not? Now, the or not is technically redundant, but depending on the...

Happy Palindrome Day

Happy Palindrome Day--or, if you prefer, "011110 Day"--from your friends at "A Way with Words"! Lots to report from Language Land: First, there are a number of recent full-length episodes you may not have...

Treg

Treg  n.— «In the past few years, researchers have discovered that certain B cells appear to share with regulatory T cells—fondly known as Tregs—the responsibility for keeping the immune system under control. Like Tregs, these B cells...

Breg

Breg  n.— «In the past few years, researchers have discovered that certain B cells appear to share with regulatory T cells—fondly known as Tregs—the responsibility for keeping the immune system under control. Like Tregs, these B cells...

MobMov

MobMov  n.— «Guerrilla drive-ins or “MobMovs”—shorthand for mobile movies—are popping up around the country in a variety of configurations. Unlike Young’s old-school use of real film, guerrilla drive-ins typically eschew the...

kettle

kettle  v.—Gloss: To surround and contain protesters. Note: Also a noun. «When you’ve been kettled once, there’s no excuse for failing to notice police lines forming around you the next time you’re on a demo – and moving before...