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Eat the Grindstone

The books we love as children may influence our careers more than we realize. As a child, Martha was fascinated with stories of cracking codes, and Grant loved books with glossaries–not that far from the kind of work they do today. A caller...

Primed to Love Rhyme

An American who worked as an au pair in Italy found that children there didn’t seem to react so positively to fun sayings like, “No way, Jose” or “Ready, Freddie?” Yet some research suggests we’re primed to love...

pizza parliament

pizza parliament  n.— «Pizza parliament is a semi-derogatory term used to describe the parliamentary system in Italy (and other countries) where there are so many political parties that it is impossible for any one of them to have a...

flowbetweenness

flowbetweenness  n.— «Produced on July 9th, 2006, the day of FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 final match between Italy and France, this network shows the passes from every player to those three team-mates he passes to most frequently. Strength...

spawny

spawny  adj.— «They qualified for the semis by kicking Maradona off the pitch (so when he retaliated he got sent off) and a spawny Rossi hatrick based on defensive errors by Brazil when Italy were getting pissed on.» —“Re: Bring back...

labbrosaur

labbrosaur  n.— «A mischievous journalist, Roberto D’Agostino, coined the word labbrosaur to describe the bee-stung lip look that has blossomed up and down the country. The word Labbra means lip in Italian.» —“How self-inflicted...

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