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Etymology of Campus

A Princeton University student wonders if his school can lay claim to being the first to apply the Latin word campus to the grounds of an institution of higher learning. This is part of a complete episode.

ambulance-chasing

ambulance-chasing  n.— «As a result, theorists haven’t been able to resist interpreting these statistically suspect results. It’s an activity that Neil Turok of Princeton University (himself a theorist) describes as “ambulance...

eyelash window

eyelash window  n.— «Ms. Ingram used a classic half-window, also known as an “eyelash window,” at the rear of the room as her focal point. » —“To the ‘manor’ born” by Kristin Boyd Princeton Packet (New...

gnog

gnog  n.— «After scoring in the second, senior midfielder Mike Desantis played air guitar—a “gnog” solo, as he called it.» —“Alums no match for young guns” by Trent Magruder in Princeton...

circus save

circus save  n.— «Particularly impressive was Sol Heligman, 130-pound goalie of the metropolitan outfit, who made a number of circus saves.» —“Mt. Washington’s Strong Attack Beats Princeton at Lacrosse, 8-3″ in Princeton, N...

Harvard sentence

Harvard sentence  n.— «Verizon uses Harvard sentences—phonetically-balanced sentences developed by electrical engineers—to test signal quality. These special sentences use specific phonemes at the same rate they appear in English...