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If I Were Any Better I’d…

An Evansville, Indiana, listener says she responds to the question “how are you?” with a phrase she adopted from her grandmother: “If I was any better, I’d be twins.” There are several versions along these lines:...

brown out

brown out  v. phr.— «The Redwood City Fire Department can stave off “browning out” one engine by cutting one fire firefighter per truck on all companies—a move that significantly limits the ability to respond to emergencies but will...

nakation

nakation  n.— «In 2007, nude recreation represented a $440 million industry—up from $400 million in 2001 and $200 million in 1992—and it’s still growing, says the American Association for Nude Recreation, which promotes au natural...

cascaron

cascaron  n.— Note: Cascarón is Spanish for “eggshell.” «In late April, tiny pastel bits of a giant San Antonio party show up everywhere: trickling from your hair, embedded in the carpet under your desk, stuck to your furniture...

aug cog

aug cog  n.— «Using modern artificial intelligence and robotics, new playground games can recognize a child’s behavior and respond accordingly—in real-time—to make the game harder or easier.…The industry calls it augmented cognition...