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fall back

fall back  v. phr.— «“He was in fact a member of the Bloods street gang,” said Taylor. “This is no longer true.” Taylor said there was a tape-recorded conversation between Taylor and a confidential informant in which...

snake

snake  n.— «Every time a team member feels as though a task they are responsible for is delayed, they write it down on a post-it note. The note includes the time lost (compared to if they didn’t have the delay), the thing affected, the...

handkerchief head

handkerchief head  n.— «New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told Harold Ickes, “You don’t understand what it’s like. We get called “house Negro” and “handkerchief head” by...

Moose-Tanned Slang This!

In this week’s “Slang This!,” a member of the National Puzzlers’ League from Boston tries to guess the meaning of four possible slang terms, including labanza, woefits, prosciutto, and moose-tanned. This is part of a complete...

Bottle Room and Shred

In this week’s slang quiz, a member of the National Puzzlers’ League from Somerville, Massachusetts, tries to guess the meaning of bottle room and shred, the latter as used in the context of snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing. This...

bumping

bumping  n.— «The main area in which the NCAA found violations was recruiting. The main offense was a practice called bumping, where Neuheisel or a member of his staff would run into a recruit during a period when contact was forbidden and...

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