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Parlance of Beekeepers

The terms cuddle death, piping, tooting, quacking, drone comet, and waggle dance are all part of the parlance of beekeepers. The book Queenspotting by Hilary Kearney details these and other bee-related terms. Kearney’s website, Girl Next Door...

Enthusiasts’ Names for Themselves

The lingo used by hobbyists and enthusiasts includes names they give themselves. In the parlance of Lego lovers, an AFOL is an adult fan of Lego. If you’re a beekkeeper, you might call yourself a beek. People who love performing improv comedy...

stock

stock  n.—Gloss: A goal scored in basketball. «Wade will eventually shift to LeBron on defense, and while he does post some gaudy defensive numbers (almost 3 “stocks” per game, to use some Simmons parlance), most of those come as a help...

flake

flake  n.— «The term “flood” insurance parlance refers to damages caused by the “rising of navigable waters.” In the New York area, he says, most carriers issue a limit of $1 or $2 million, with more coverage being prohibitively expensive...

projectable

projectable  adj.— «There are exceptions, of course. But most of the pitchers who get drafted can either throw in the low 90s or are, in the parlance, “projectable.” Which essentially means that a scout can look at the kid and...

algo

algo  n.— «Powerful algorithms—“algos,” in industry parlance—execute millions of orders a second and scan dozens of public and private marketplaces simultaneously. They can spot trends before other investors can blink, changing orders and...

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