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spacing effect

spacing effect  n.— «Wxams after the break are a better measure of true learning, rather than the memorization. Psychologists use the term “spacing effect” to explain why: The review of material increases long-term memory best...

paseo millonario

paseo millonario  n.— «Banco de Costa Rica said in a press release that night-time ATM operations represent only 7 to 8 percent of transactions. For the most part, these three banks have taken the security measure due to the common...

Etymology of Measure Fathom

“Full fathom five thy father lies…” When the Bard wrote these immortal words, he was talking about the word fathom as a measure of distance. But a Chicago caller can’t quite fathom the meaning of the verb “to fathom...

My Brilliant Careen (minicast)

A New York City listener says he’s reading lots of thrillers this summer. But a couple of words keep tripping him up. Does a speeding car careen or career? The hosts spell out the differences, and throw in the origin of the word carom for good...

Cancun account

Cancun account  n.— «KissTrust provides grantors with a measure of control that is not offered by Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) accounts and Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) accounts. “In the industry, UGMAs and UTMAs are...

off-ramp

off-ramp  n.— «Authors of the initiative recognized the flaw and, during the campaign to pass the measure, agreed to make improvements if it passed. After it passed, Xcel Energy and the initiative backers worked with state legislators to...

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