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Las Caniculas

A San Antonio, Texas, listener recalls hearing the term las caniculas to denote a period of 12 days in January where the weather seems to run the gamut of all the kinds of weather that will be experienced in the coming year. This period is also...

In the Offing

The origin of the phrase in the offing is nautical. The offing is the part of the ocean that one can see from shore, so if something’s in the offing, it’s not that far away. This is part of a complete episode.

gunning for the stops

gunning for the stops  n.— «SmartStocks.net monitors nearly 5,000 listed stocks and ETFs that trade at more than $5 per share and average at least 40,000 shares in daily trading volume. After the close, it sends subscribers an email...

chico

chico  n.— «Soon his favorite bird, a blue-checkered cock, appeared on the horizon, its wings pumping. Mr. Fasano reached into a crate at his feet to grab a chico, a bright white, non-racing bird that fliers use like a flare to attract the...

bubblenap

bubblenap  n.— «Possible new jargon watch…BubbleNap: Like a “dirt-nap” from mafia films, only this term refers to the self-induced sleepwalking of entrepreneurs who experienced the first dot com bust but wish desperately...

Y V Ulluq Q

Y V Ulluq Q  n.— «Hazy light started lingering on the southern horizon deep into the months when the sky normally would contain nothing but stars.…The sharp difference between the cold air on the ground and the warmer air above...