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line-jumping

line-jumping  n.— «Then the discussion may also trigger talking about the unofficial, but well acknowledged move by parents living out in the county to have their children enrolled in the Starkville school system. The city district...

bust a sag

bust a sag  v. phr.— «“Bustin’ a sag” is what some kids call it when they let their oversized pants hang below the waistline to expose their underwear, and city leaders want to know whether they can outlaw that.» —“Council...

chalcogel

chalcogel  n.— «The discovery, reported in the latest issue of Science magazine, has proven to be the ideal cleaner for waters infested with heavy metals like cadmium, lead or mercury. Chalcogel is a rigid material that can be used to...

1661 syndrome

1661 syndrome  n.— «Carole Malone mentioned the 1661 syndrome—where men think you’re attractive from the back (16)…and then back off when they see your face (61). This issue is supposed to affect all women over the age of probably 35...

issue bracelet

issue bracelet  n.— «The Prius has become, in a sense, the four-wheel equivalent of those popular rubber “issue bracelets” in yellow and other colors—it shows the world that its owner cares.» —“Say ’Hybrid’ and Many People Will...

serial meeting

serial meeting  n.— «Briefly, “serial meeting” is the label used to describe the situation in which a government board will hold a series of meetings attended by less than a quorum of members to discuss a public issue in...

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