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optempo

optempo  adj.— «“Optempo,” as soldiers refer to the pace of military life, is fast; poetry helps cadets inured to racing from one activity to another uncover those intricate details perceptible only at slower speeds.» —“In the Valley...

ganas

ganas  n.— «“It’s an immigrant community that has a lot of ganas—a lot of desire to move ahead,” Professor Smith said of Mexicans in New York. The trouble, he added, is that the economic, social and community support needed to get ahead...

sped

sped  n.— «The pace of the program is quicker than anything we do and quicker even than our curriculum calls for. As a result, some sped students actually perform AHEAD of their non-special education peers in successfully handling...

heart attack kid

heart attack kid  attrib.— «He won the Santa Anita Derby in 1958. No—he swamped The Derby in 1958. He came from 30 lengths out of it to an unbelievable victory. Of course, he won other contests zooming up from as much as 40 lengths off the...

Michiana

Michiana  n.— «Salvation Army officials are urging Michiana residents to donate to bell ringers at the red kettles because of an increased demand for help. Donations are trickling in at a much slower pace than usual, according to Major...

speed money

speed money  n.— «Another term widely used at border crossings is “expediting fee.” For a euphemism it is surprisingly accurate: paying it will keep your bags, and perhaps your contraband, from being dumped onto a floor and sifted...