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Paragliding Lingo

In what sport would you hear the slang terms glass off, speck out, and get flushed? They’re all expressions used in paragliding. Glass-off refers to a smooth, effortless takeoff; to speck out is to go so high that you’re nearly invisible...

New Maori Words

A government official in New Zealand has devised a new Maori-based glossary to replace some of the English words used by the government for talking about mental health, disability, and addiction. For example, he proposes replacing the word autism...

Feeder Road vs. Frontage Road

A native of Houston, Texas, moves a few hundred miles north to Dallas and discovers that people there say she’s wrong to call the road alongside the highway a “feeder road” rather than a “frontage road.” Actually, both...

right of boom

right of boom
 n.— «“Right of boom“—U.S. military’s effort to mitigate effects of IED attacks with better equipment, trauma care.» —“Glossary” Washington Post Sept. 28, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

left of boom

left of boom
 n.— «“Left of boom“—U.S. military’s effort to disrupt insurgent cells before they can build and plant bombs.» —“Glossary” Washington Post Sept. 28, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

fleak

fleak
 n.— «FLEAK, s. a small bundle of hay; not a truss.» —by Robert Holland A Glossary of Words Used in the County of Chester (London, United Kingdom) , 1886. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)