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Bite the Wax Tadpole

Martha and Grant discuss advertising slogans and product names supposedly botched in translation. They also recommend an eclectic mix of books for the word-lover on your holiday list, from military slang to Yiddish. Plus a slang quiz on the words...

fish with feet

fish with feet  n.— «Digital magazines—the flappable, page-by-page replication of a publication’s print edition, rather than content uploaded individually to a magazine’s Web site—have been around for about a decade, and Zinio has long...

acoustic ranching

acoustic ranching  n.— «Researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole hope to prove fish can be trained to associate certain sounds with feeding, by putting thousands of black sea bass in a dome-shaped structure at the...

swoss

swoss  n.— «The Civil Air Patrol was neither fish nor fowl, or as the local commander, George E. Haddaway termed it neither swans or gooses, swosses. While they did not officially belong to the armed services, its members were designated...

Oregon grate

Oregon grate  n.— «Commonly called the “Oregon grate,” the fish exclusion device fits onto the box trawl net traditionally used by pink shrimpers, allowing fishers to scoop shrimp off the sea floor without accidentally catching...

yo-yoing

yo-yoing  n.— «In the wake of a controversy that engulfed the Derby this fall, two respected Island organizations have asked the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) to ban a fishing method known as yo-yoing…a fishing...