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boss-nap

boss-nap  v.— «Boss-napping—as it is now known—is becoming increasingly common in France, against the fraught backdrop of economic crisis. The chief executive and director of human resources of Sony France were both held hostage by...

A Walk Spoiled But Our Lie is Good

Step right up! It's another newsletter from "A Way with Words." This week we talked about unusual ways foreigners learn English, "play golf" vs. "go golfing," lie vs. lay, similes, "yo!," "neck of the...

PnP

PnP  n.— «Antonio Urbina, who is medical director of HIV/AIDS training at St. Vincent Hospital’s HIV center in New York’s Greenwich Village, says he’s seen two patients who have taken HIV drugs before going out for “PnP,” or “party and...

Twi-hard

Twi-hard  n.— «The most recent “Twilight” book sold an astonishing 1.3 million copies in the first 24 hours, and fans—also known as “Twi-hards”—stay up all night to attend the books” midnight release parties...

fat washing

fat washing  n.— «Although in this case it’s bacon-flavored bourbon, and the process, known as a fat washing, is different from a typical infusion. Essentially, beverage director Paul Westerkamp renders bacon, combines the grease with...

put a building to sleep

put a building to sleep  v. phr.— «Most of the savings come from smarter use of the district’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems controlled by a new $2 million proprietary system called Automated Logic, said Larry Wilson...

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