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Why Are Some Competitions “Heats”?

Why do we use the word heat to denote a preliminary qualifying race? Hundreds of years ago, a single instance of heating something such as a piece of metal over a fire for metalworking was called a heat. Later that term was applied to “a round...

stump

stump  n.— «In place of two Silverstein behemoths, each designed by a British lord and soaring 79 stories, the PA would erect a pair of short, squat buildings no taller than four or five floors—coined “stumps”—that could be...

hi mom

hi mom  n.— «Just before Thanksgiving, 2004, a Fox News producer with whom I’d worked a number of times in Kabul and Bagram showed up on Bagram Air Field to shoot what military PA people call “Hi Moms”—the little snippets of...

Throckmorton sign

Throckmorton sign  n.— «John Thomas (JT): Position of the penis in relation to unilateral disease on routine x-ray. A positive sign is implied when the penis points to the side of the disorder. May also hear it called Throckmorton sign...