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Zarf Hot Drink Sleeves

What do you call the cardboard sleeve that goes over a paper cup to keep your hand from getting too hot? A San Antonio, Texas, listener knows that the technical term for this sleeve is zarf, a word that comes from Arabic, originally denoting an...

Zarf and Finjan

Looking for some good Scrabble words? Try zarf, a type of cup holder of Arabic origin, or finjan, the small cup that’s held by the zarf. This is part of a complete episode.

Cancun account

Cancun account  n.— «KissTrust provides grantors with a measure of control that is not offered by Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) accounts and Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) accounts. “In the industry, UGMAs and UTMAs are...

soft-second

soft-second  n.— «As another example, borrowers could be required to share with the government or with the holder of the borrower’s existing mortgage either the equity created through a write-down or the future appreciation in the home...

reef (on something)

reef (on something)  v.— «When the fish hit, his mind went blank. I am urging him to “reef on it” to set the hook which he finally did and struggled the rod out of the holder.» —“Willamette River (Or.) Chinook...

rear-window captioning

rear-window captioning  n.— «There are several companies that will add text to some (not all) current run films; one is Mopix, which provides rear-window captioning. The text is displayed from a LED screen in the back of the theater, under...