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Twitter Data-Mining

The Library of Congress is archiving the entire content of Twitter. Grant explains why that’s a gold mine for language researchers like David Bamman at Tufts University. You can see some of the results Bamman’s compiled at Lexicalist.com...

bedwetter

bedwetter  n.— «A member of Congress once told me that Representatives who consider changing their votes based on only a dozen or so phone calls from constituents are referred to as “bedwetters” by the other members of Congress...

dark derivative

dark derivative  n.— «In his testimony, Greenspan recommended to Congress that regulation of Over-The-Counter (OTC) derivatives between private parties was not necessary. These derivatives are referred to as “dark derivatives”...

greyfield

greyfield  n.— «Dead malls, referred to as “greyfields” in the New Urbanist community, are formally defined as failing malls with sales less than $150 per square foot, according to the non-profit Congress for New Urbanism (CNU)...

shit the bed

shit the bed  v. phr.— Note: Used in professional wrestling to mean “have stage fright” or “to be unable to go through with a plan.” «A: It is the total package, yes. It is the charisma. It the ability to take the...