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Books for Language Lovers

Martha and Grant offer gift recommendations for language lovers: Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages, by Guy Deutscher. OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word, by Allan Metcalf. Lost in...

Fill-in-the-Blank Limerick Puzzle

Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a fill-in-the-blank limerick puzzle, including: “There was once a coed named Clapper / In psychology class quite a napper. / But her Freudian dreams / Were so classic it seems / That now she’s a...

projectable

projectable  adj.— «There are exceptions, of course. But most of the pitchers who get drafted can either throw in the low 90s or are, in the parlance, “projectable.” Which essentially means that a scout can look at the kid and...

bear raid

bear raid  n.— «It’s no coincidence that since then the size and severity of market declines is unprecedented. It was a hedge fund traders dream come true. When a group of hedge funds gang up and sell billions in what is called a...

garagiste

garagiste  n.— «Then there was the rich red fruity wine with lashings of vanilla and oak from Hofstraat Winery’s Renosterbos Shiraz’. It was inspiring, for the creator is a “garagiste” (a term used to describe home winemakers who...

fast on

fast on  adj.— «If I know I’ve got to be up early, I normally can’t sleep too well, but that night I was, as they say round they these parts, “fast on.” I was “fast on” and having a dream.» —“Alarming tale that...

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