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Purfling

A violin maker wonders about the origin of a practice in his trade known as purfling, where a black and white line is inlaid into a tiny channel along the edge of the instrument. Martha traces the word back to the Latin filum, meaning...

jeggings

jeggings  n.— «“What’s so great this year,” she says, “is that they’re making jeans that are great for boots.” They’re slim, soft, light and tight, fitting almost like leggings. In fact, At the store they like to call...

coyoteing

coyoteing  n.— Note: Related to coyote camp. «The remote location of the fire has spurred crews to set up remote campsites closer to the fire’s edge, Freel said, a process known as “coyoteing.”» —“Despite aggressive firefight...

gasper

gasper  n.— «Autoerotic death is, usually, an accidental death while attempting to achieve orgasm via some form of asphyxiation. Estimates have placed deaths from this practice, in the United States, at between 500-1,000 per year. Other...