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gumbander

gumbander  n.— Note: “Gum band” is a term for a rubberband that is common to Pittsburgh and elsewhere in Pennsylvania. «Instead, people who are now exploring start-up or self-employment opportunities find the prospect of...

ghost bike

ghost bike  n.— «They appeared late Monday around Allegheny County, 14 bicycles painted a ghostly white and chained to poles with a cryptic sign: “Cyclist Struck Here.” The roadside memorials are the work of Ghost Bike...

bacn

bacn  n.— «This one’s hot off the presses, so we’re still deciding on the lame factor. It seems we have a new term in Web 2.0 land, “bacn.” Brought to light at the recent Pittsburgh Podcamp event, the term is being described as...

cadilla;

cadillac v. in baseball, to run in an unhurried, showy way; generally, to perform or operate lackadaisically, carelessly, or without worry. Editorial Note: An older meaning of “cadillac” is “to drive a car; to drive someone around...

heart-attack kids

heart-attack kids  attrib.— «If the young Pittsburgh roster (and this reporter) want to keep their beards growing through the first round, they will have to pull a ridiculous miracle: three straight wins, two of them on the road. If this...

Q-dot

Q-dot  n.— «Enter Marcel P. Bruchez, a Carnegie Mellon University associate research professor in chemistry and his amazing quantum dots. Q-dots, as they are called, are nanometer-sized crystallized particles with semiconductor properties...

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