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leaverite

leaverite  n.— «Leaverite, as in “leave-her-right.” Leave her right there. It’s just another damn rock, and if you tourists keep toting them home, the Yukon will be flat as Dallas. Now, if you’re finished prospecting, I’ll show...

float

float  n.— «Ms. Trujillo, who wears a leather holster belt holding a rock hammer, and geologist’s compass, tells them that if they find “float”—the term for loose fossils individually scattered over the ground by water...

screamo

screamo  n.— «A year or so later, she advanced in a battle of the bands competition, competing as an acoustical guitarist with another guitarist against, as she called them, four male “screamo” rock bands.» —“Emily Grace Makes It To...

rock doc

rock doc  n.— «Then it will travel through another pipe 100 more miles to land, where it will be further processed and readied for distribution. That is, if the “rock docs” (the geologists) are right and there is a natural-gas...

rent-a-frog

rent-a-frog  n.— «Nowadays, such behavior is strictly prohibited by the fair’s frog welfare policy, a four-page document that outlines rules, including treatment of hundreds of “rent-a-frogs,” which are stored in a cellarlike room under...

popcorn ceiling

popcorn ceiling  n.— «We’ve lived in our home for 30 years and have “popcorn” ceilings. I remember when we hung our swag lamp we could see fibers falling when we drilled holes. After all these years, is it too late to have the...

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