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OKer

OKer  n.— «There are, of course, many different kinds of editor—from fact-checkers and OKers (as they’re known at the New Yorker), to line-editors and copy editors, to editors who grasp the big picture but skip the detail.» —“Black...

talik

talik  n.— «The technical term for thawed permafrost is talik, from a Russian word meaning “not frozen.”» —“The Climate Of Man” by Elizabeth Kolbert New Yorker Apr. 18, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued...

cryoturbation

cryoturbation  adj.— «Temperatures are so low that when tree and grasses die they do not fully decompose. New plants grow out of the half-rotted old ones, and when these plants die the same thing happens all over again. Eventually, through...

thermokarst

thermokarst  n.— «Nearby were the outlines of other, even bigger holes, which, Romanovsky told me, had been filled with gravel by the local public-works department. The holes, known as thermokarsts, had appeared suddenly when the...

drunk

drunk  adj.— «The trench, he explained, had been formed when a wedge of underground ice had melted. The spruce trees that had been growing next to it, or perhaps on top of it, were now listing at odd angles, as if in a gale. Locally, such...

toyetic

toyetic  adj.— «“Sideways” was unbranded by stars or title (and was not, in marketing parlance, “toyetic,” susceptible to merchandising deals).» —“Gross Points” by Louis Menand New Yorker Jan...