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nothingburger

nothingburger  n.— «Maybe I’ll write a réplique to Steve Almond’s ridiculous, overheated op-ed commentary, in which he resigned his nothingburger teaching job at Boston College to protest its selection of Condoleezza Rice as commencement...

truth window

truth window  n.— «A truth window is a common thing that’s built into these rice straw buildings, because actually when they are covered with stucco it’s very difficult to tell, other than the very sort of soft look that the building has...

boat sushi

boat sushi  n.— «Nigiri: This type of sushi, where the rice has been molded and hand-pressed into an oblong shape, is often termed “boat sushi” because of its configuration. These hand-molded fingers of rice can be topped with...

tired iron

tired iron  n.— «Old airplanes are such a risk that the aviation industry even has a term for them—‘tired iron.” This tired iron should have been retired.» —“Motley Rice LLC Files Suit in Connection with Seaplane...

jerker

jerker  n.— «Lewis is one of several Cayman “jerkers”—as they’re called—other prominent ones being Tony Bodden, Seymour Silburn and Merilda Wright. Lewis though, doesn’t exactly do it all by himself. He is the deft barbecuing...

goat grab

goat grab n. at gatherings or celebrations in the Middle East, a communal self-served meal of meat and vegetables eaten with the hands. Editorial Note: This term is used informally by Anglophones not native to the culture. The food eaten in a goat...