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Abilene Paradox

Ever been in a situation where a group makes a decision to do something, then later finds out that no one really wanted to do that thing in the first place, but everyone went along with it rather than rock the boat? There’s a term for that...

Even More Grammagrams

Our discussion about grammagrams prompts listeners to send in several more stories from their workplaces. A high-school drama teacher in Arlington, Texas, reports that in the theater world, the letter Q is scribbled in scripts to mean cue.  A...

porkulus

porkulus  n.— «This massive porkulus—it’s not a stimulus, it’s a porkulus—this porkulus spending extravaganza has been flatly rejected by the Office of Management and Budget and Wall Street.» —“Our EIB Week in Review: “Support...

midnight drop

midnight drop  n.— «According to the Dow Jones report, the US Treasury is trying to push the regulations through after months of difficult drafting in the hope of finalising the issue before the Bush administration leaves office at the end...

pink-sheeter

pink-sheeter  n.— «China Health Management is a healthcare service provider in the People’s Republic of China. Unfortunately for them, it has been labelled as a “pink-sheeter” for its lack of financial information. So I went...

cherry-stem

cherry-stem  v.— «At meetings with various groups during the past few years, the National Park Service had said that some areas within the recommended wilderness boundary could be “cherry- stemmed” out from the wilderness boundary as...

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