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Junk in the Frunk

In an electric car, the trunk is in the front, not the back. Automotive engineers refer to this part of the vehicle as the frunk, a portmanteau of front and trunk. For a while, the Jaguar company, which is based in the UK, instead called it the...

aircrete

aircrete  n.— «HeidelbergCement’s sale of Thermalite was postponed after failing to attract a high enough bid for the nation’s biggest maker of aerated-concrete blocks, also known as aircrete, used to insulate buildings...

Missouri Model

Missouri Model  n.— «The brothers say they benefited from confinement in the Missouri juvenile system, which emphasizes rehabilitation in small groups, constant therapeutic interventions and minimal force. Juvenile justice experts across...

homophily

homophily  n.— «Sociologists have a term for this birds-of-a-feather-flocking-together phenomenon: Homophily. Some explanations for America’s political homophily suggest that a president who is determined to be a uniter might be able to...

bug bomb

bug bomb  n.— «New York has become the first state in the nation to force the removal of insect foggers—often known as bug bombs—from store shelves and require the devices be operated only by certified pesticide professionals.» —“New...

A Moniker for Your Monitor

Greetings, oh esteemed listeners. This is another newsletter from A Way with Words. On the air this past weekend, we talked a bit about giving nicknames to inanimate objects, druthers, Hispanic vs. Latino, stingaree, and people who can't quite...