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Spitting Image

Which is correct for describing a close family resemblance: spittin’ image or spit and image? Grant and Martha discuss the possible origins of these expressions, including a recent hypothesis that’s sure to surprise. This is part of a...

digital cliff

digital cliff  n.— «Whitsett goes on to explain the unique challenges that affect many rural residents. “According to the FCC, the strength of a digital signal depends on terrain, distance from the transmitters and the reception...

skeet-shooting

skeet-shooting  n.— «A special technique, known as “skeet-shooting,” was developed by controllers to cancel out the high speed of the moon relative to Cassini and also help obtain ultra-sharp views as the spacecraft sped past...

Greyjing

Greyjing  n.— «When it was announced in 2001 that the 2008 Games were to be hosted by Beijing, or as many are referred to it “Greyjing,” drastic action was undertaken to improved its smoky image—it’s just not sport when...

banjee

banjee  n.— «Most band members wore tank tops emblazoned with the word “banjee” (a slang term for gay men of color who project a tough image).» —“Live: Hercules and Love Affair” by Ann Powers Los Angeles...

mobile mourning

mobile mourning  n.— «Up to 90 youngsters with severe brain trauma come to live at Bloorview for rehabilitation, while another 40 or 50 with less severe injuries enter out-patient treatment annually. While they typically make some progress...