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Picket Lines

A Fort Worth listener wonders about a claim she saw in a 1930s magazine. The article said that traditionally, a picket line was an area between the front lines of two opposing armies where soldiers might safely venture out to pick berries without...

FOIA

FOIA  n.— «The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Open Government Act on April 12, a bill that would strengthen one of the most powerful tools Americans have to oversee the inner workings of government—the Freedom of Information...

bow echo

bow echo  n.— «The line of thunderstorms had developed into what is known as a bow echo, named because the line of storms surges or “bows” out to the east and northeast due to strong winds associated with the storms...

frog breathing

frog breathing  n.— «The two spent several months perfecting a breathing technique known as “frog breathing,” taking small, quick breaths. This allowed Mr. Alexander to spend time outside of the iron lung.» —“In iron lung...

lock-off

lock-off  n.— «The price for a one-bedroom “premium” villa is less than I expect: $16,900 per week, plus several hundred more in maintenance fees. Margarita recommends, however, the “two-bedroom lock-off”—a unit...

lock-out

lock-out  n.— «The price for a one-bedroom “premium” villa is less than I expect: $16,900 per week, plus several hundred more in maintenance fees. Margarita recommends, however, the “two-bedroom lock-off”—a unit...