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A Gazelle on the Lawn

What do you say if you have guests over and someone in your family has stray food left on the face? In some households, the secret warning is “there’s a gazelle on the lawn.” But why a gazelle? Also, this week: the term for a party...

sorry gift

sorry gift  n.— «Because guilt over spending is playing a big role in the sales downturn, he teaches salespeople to suggest a “sorry gift”—of another timepiece—for a wife who might be disappointed that her husband just dropped a sizable...

pinger

pinger  v.— «As searchers continue to comb thousands of square miles of ocean for debris from Air France Flight 447, their success could hinge on a device the size of a small flashlight that may well have been manufactured on Cape Cod...

hindcast

hindcast  v.— «In his own work—which has included searches for objects ranging from containers of pollutants to crashed airliners—Fish uses a process called hindcasting. The process begins with documenting the exact location of debris...

actorist

actorist  n.— Note: “Actorvist” is a more common word with the same meaning. «Blending theatrics and activism is a role well suited to Guzmán-Orozco, who even has a name for it—“actorist.” He explains, “I’ve used performances...