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Beat-Feating

While on a road trip, a listener caught herself using the expression beat-feeting, as in We were beat-feeting it to New York and back. Might it have to do with the mode of transportation in the old Flintstones cartoon? This is part of a complete...

Loanwords with Altered Meanings

John in Brattleboro, Vermont, is pondering words and phrases that change their meaning when they move from one language to another. For example, in Germany the English phrase public viewing doesn’t have to do with a wake, but a live sporting...

porn mode

porn mode  n.— «With Version 3.5, Firefox joins most other modern browsers with the ability to run in a private browsing mode (often euphemistically knows as “porn mode”). When in this mode, the browser does not save data from the browsing...

on rails

on rails  adj.— «One of the shorthand ways of criticizing a modern game is to say that part or all of the game is “on rails,” meaning that the player doesn’t have control over his or her character’s path through the level...

electronic slumber

electronic slumber  n.— «Meanwhile, the latest gyroscope failure forced the space telescope into an electronic slumber called a “safe mode.” The operating mode ensures that the telescope continues to generate electricity for...

finger trouble

finger trouble  n.— «”To turn slow motion mode off, simply enter MacsBug and type SS.” This does not appear to work for me—slow motion mode stays on. Is it finger trouble? » —“Slow Motion Mode in MacsBug – Is TN#7...