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Lawnmower Parents

“Helicopter parents” are so named because of their tendency to hover over their children’s lives. A Kentucky listener who made an initial college visit with her son reports two variations that she learned from staffers:...

Ducksnort

A ducksnort in softball or baseball will never make the highlight reel. It’s often a blooper of a hit that lands between the infield and the far outfield, but still gets the job done. Paul Dickson, author of the authoritative Dickson Baseball...

bathtub effect

bathtub effect  n.— «Of particular urgency to Conrad and Michel is how best to address the scheduled downsizing of the bases’ personnel and mission before the Predator and Global Hawk UAVs are scheduled to arrive in 2009. The “bathtub”...

irritation fee

irritation fee  n.— «The surcharge, which Cameron and his friends refer to as an “irritation fee,” is still intact, while the seven”“day pass costs $85 more than the former five”“day pass.» —“Golfer says senior pass...

Bitching Betty

Bitching Betty  n.— «He pointed out that the USAF F-16s have a female audio alert, affectionately known as Bitching Betty.» —“Video: NFTC CT-155 Hawk pilots eject after bird strike” Flight International Feb. 1, 2006...