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Pronouncing “Aegis”

A voicemail from a Hawaii listener leads to a discussion of the correct pronunciation for Aegis, a naval combat system. Is it EE-jiss or AY-jiss? In Greek myth, an aegis was a protective shield, and today, to be under the aegis means to be...

cut sign

cut sign  v. phr.—Gloss: To track someone by their trail marks. Note: Used inside the US Customs and Border Protection, which patrols the United States border. «He knew that the coyotes who led groups of undocumented workers, as well as...

v-spam

v-spam  n.— «V-spam is a dangerous strain of “virus spam” that is designed to deceive recipients, causing them to invite viruses into their computers. Virus spam, or v-spam, attempts to circumvent anti-virus protection by...

bandit barrier

bandit barrier  n.— «Kelly said there needs to be a return to the measures put in place in 2003, such as the installation of the bullet-resistant glass, better known as “bandit barriers.”» —“NYPD’s Kelly: Banks need more...

PrEP

PrEP  n.— «Like Adam, many gay men around the country are opting to forgo the standard defense against HIV—a condom—in favor of a highly controversial and thus far unproven method of protection known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP...

quench

quench  n.— «During a power test, the very last before collisions could start in the machine (to the annoyance of engineers), a fault led to a warming of the busbar. As superconductivity was lost, the temperature soared in a “quench...