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obitutainment

obitutainment  n.— «It may say that people are avidly interested in “obitutainment,” a term for celebrity death news coined in the Kurt Anderson novel “Turn of the Century” and reprised by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” last week...

Facebook degree

Facebook degree  n.— «The University of Salford is set to offer a MA/PgDip in Social Media—unofficially referred to as the “Facebook Degree.”» —“Salford Uni launches Facebook degree” by Gareth Halfacree bit...

yellow flash

yellow flash  n.— «A Purdue University agronomist said that many farmers over the last several years have observed a mid-season yellowing of their soybeans, commonly called “yellow flash,” which is caused by a manganese...

Out of Pocket Nosy Parkers

Dear listeners, Our final summer podcast is now available. We know it's November, but we're having more than an Indian summer, we're having a West Indian summer: blue skies and blue water all year 'round. Full shows start this...

flusher

flusher  n.— «The Obama campaign’s New Media experts created a computer program that would allow a “flusher”—the term for a volunteer who rounds up nonvoters on Election Day—to know exactly who had, and had not, voted in real...

Scottish cocktail party

Scottish cocktail party  n.—Gloss: A jocular, possibly nonce, term for “a fight.” «If I get into a Scottish cocktail party with a business, I commonly ask for a written letter of apology.» —“Did eBoost Media customer...

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