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trisackaphobia

trisackaphobia  n.— «He was writing a biographical piece on Royals third baseman Kevin Seitzer, who allowed as how he had a deep-seated fear of playing his position. The SI scribe asked if I knew of a technical term for this condition, and...

TINA

TINA  n.— «A neologism derived from Indian politics seems poised as the most acceptable explanation for developments in British politics. This is the TINA factor, which, spelt out, means there is no alternative.» —“Britain In...

pathfinder state

pathfinder state  n.— «One interesting neologism appears in the foreign policy arena: “pathfinder state.” Essentially a new phrase meaning “regional ally,” a pathfinder state is neither a great power nor an emerging...

sale and manageback

sale and manageback  n.— «The group has decided that the inelegant neologism “sale and manageback” will create less value for shareholders than the more straightforward “get-shot-of-and-no-mistake.”» —“Finance...

dangles

dangles  n.pl.— «“He’s got dangles,” teammates often say of Jensen, using the hockey neologism for the ability to outmaneuver lethargic opponents with deft stickwork.» —“Silent ‘H,’ loud game for Eli winger” by Alex...

coaptation

coaptation  n.— «Mr. Gordon calls his staging a “coaptation” of the play—a neologism suggesting a little co-opting and a little adapting. In truth, the balance is tipped in favor of co-opting, with unrewarding results...