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seppo

seppo  n.— «Seppos, if you do not happen to be acquainted with Australia’s arcane rhyming slang, are Americans. At one time, they called us Yanks. Then they noted that the term rhymes with “septic tanks.” That’s how they came...

hikikomori

hikikomori  n.— «Hikikomori is not a disease. For reasons ranging from bullying to exam failure, some young people are shutting themselves away in their rooms and having as little direct contact with the outside world as possible. Many are...

money

money  adj.— «A good ball player is one thing. A money player is something else. There are both money ball clubs and money ball players.…A star performer may carry a high batting average opposite his name. He may have but a few...

dockominium

dockominium  n.— «One response has been the rise of the dockominium, an idea that started in Florida’s year-round boating environment. Marinas sell boat slips like real estate, assuring the owner perpetual ownership, tax write-offs for...

peaceful rising

peaceful rising  n.— «Beginning late last year, senior Chinese leaders and analysts began promoting the notion of “peaceful rise” (heping jueqi) as “the new pathway” (xin dao lu) for China in the coming decades...

backpacker

backpacker  n.— «There are a lot of places that we still didn’t get to in the video—Arkansas, Kentucky. And there is a big “backpacker” (or alternative) hip-hop scene that we didn’t get to. But that doesn’t take away from this...