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nerd-bomb

nerd-bomb  n.— «Gooner—this wholly untelegenic nerd-bomb who hailed from planet Dateless and spoke a customized Midwestern patois that frequently required its own subtitles…lost and was booted from the island.» —“Idiot Box...

zog

zog  n.— «One day before the attack, Brunerie had posted a message on a British neo-Nazi Web site, reading: “Watch the TV this Sunday, I will be the star…Death to zog, 88!” The motto “death to zog, 88!” is a...

boots on the ground

boots on the ground  n.pl.— «“In the first Gulf War one in 100 ‘boots on the ground,’ as they call it, was a private contractor.” When the U.S. invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003, one in 10 was a private contractor. “Today, as...

Ecozoic

Ecozoic  n.— «In [Rev. Thomas] Berry’s view, the planet is moving out of the 65-million-year Cenozoic era, during which the major developments of life occurred, into a new uncertain age he calls the Ecozoic. “The major developments...

Z-buffer

Z-buffer  n.— «Catmull invented texture mapping (the way to make digital surfaces “pour” over objects), the Z-buffer (an algorithm that tracks the virtual distance between pixels and a viewer, now standard in most personal...

scratch

scratch  adj.— «With the story reel complete, next comes the soundtrack. Disney animators use “scratch” voices rather than professional actors for preliminary dialog.» —“Welcome to Planet Pixar” by Austin...