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Barbecue Stoppers and Marmalade Droppers

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a galaxy far, far away, you know that this is an election year. Grant and Martha talk about current political slang. Ever hear of glass pockets? Or horseracism? Is there an etymological connection between...

over-lay sleeping

over-lay sleeping  n.— «The Joplin woman awaits a preliminary hearing on involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the Aug. 8 death of 4-month-old Ashton Jones. Prosecutors say Jessica Jones rolled over on the infant in her sleep...

Internet hobo

Internet hobo  n.— «I had put off getting my own Internet connection. Having recently moved into a new apartment, I had been “borrowing” a connection unbeknownst to one of my neighbours in the meantime.…It was at that...

pigtailing

pigtailing  n.— «Fire officials said two employees were filling canisters with acetylene using a series of connecting tubes in what is known as “pigtailing.” A connection malfunctioned, apparently creating enough pressure for...

black-birding

black-birding  n.— «The settlers found it difficult to recruit workers from among the warring tribes. With this began the pernicious trade in human beings: unsuspecting people were kidnapped or lured onto visiting ships on the other...

finger trouble

finger trouble  n.— «Finger trouble on the control panel is my big worry. Unlike the passive taps where I can (and do) get the wrong connection on the sniffer, such a mistake on an active patch panel could disrupt a live connection...

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