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Sliding Board

When you were growing up, what did you call that piece of playground equipment that you climb up and then slide down? A former New Jersey resident recalls that when her family moved to Indiana, her playmates were startled when she called it a...

cutaway

cutaway  n.— «According to a spokeswoman for the Marina Airport-based Skydive Monterey Bay, reports of a fallen skydiver this afternoon were triggered by the freefall of some equipment. The equipment, involved in a procedure known as a...

spin out

spin out  n.— «Equipment rolled out earlier than expected will remain under development until it performs at the original specifications, Terry said. Although other accelerated “spin outs,” as they are called, won’t be...

Saying Things Wrong on Purpose

We all misspeak from time to time, but how about when we mangle words on purpose? Do you ever say fambly instead of family, perazackly for exactly, or coinkydink for coincidence? When Grant recently wrote a newspaper column about saying things wrong...

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...

bush bashing

bush bashing  n.— Note: According to the Macquarie Dictionary, “bash” is an Australian term for a cross-country trip. «Inspector Andrew Humberstone, in charge of the search, said Mr Meyer was a highly experienced bushwalker and...