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squish

squish  n.— «Giuliani is also a pragmatist, which is not to be confused with what rock-ribbed conservative ideologues refer to as a squish. A squish is a moderate—someone who caves to liberal pressure for no reason other than lack of...

spotter

spotter  n.— «Cal Fire blamed the delay on a shortage of military helicopter managers, better known as spotters—trained wild-land firefighters who help military pilots position water drops and communicate with firefighters in the air and...

sugar out

sugar out  v. phr.— «But I know that union representatives balk at such ignoble motivations and like to point instead to the value and importance of public schools in American life. When I was a school choice advocate in Vermont, these...

movida

movida  n.— «“Santa Fe, when I was younger, was known by its movidas, for lack of a better word,” Councilor Carmichael Dominguez said, using a local term that can refer to sly schemes. “How would we deal with people who said they got...

biogenetic child

biogenetic child  adj.— «With egg donation, science has succeeded in, if not extending women’s fertility, at least making an end run around it, allowing older women who, for a variety of reasons (lack of money, lack of partner, lack of...

superdomed

superdomed  adj.— «There’s a new phrase in the safety industry—“Superdomed.” That’s what happened to the people in New Orleans. There were people who were damn hungry and damn thirsty stuck in the Superdome. But they weren’t dying from...