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Busman’s Holiday

Do you ever spend your off-time doing something work related? This is known as a busman’s holiday or a postman’s holiday, as in the British understanding of holiday as a vacation or time off work. Research for a dictionary entry on...

Rock Climbing Beta

Rock climbers use the term beta to refer to any information they receive about a route before climbing it. Is it related to beta as in “beta-testing software”? This is part of a complete episode.

belay slave

belay slave  n.— «The technical term for the climber who goes first is the “leader”; that’s the climber on the “sharp” end of the rope—the end you can hurt yourself on. The term for the climber who holds the rope...

blue jacking

blue jacking  n.— «At the age of 10 he sold newspapers in downtown Toledo.…They didn’t have a normal paper route like most kids, delivering to the same house every day in nice, quiet neighborhoods. This young boy and his friend...

bootleg

bootleg  v.— «As the railcars were about to turn around to head back to Strasburg, a commuter train en route to Lancaster and Harrisburg whooshed by on adjacent tracks about 100 feet away.…Narcoa members risk expulsion if they...

piggybacking

piggybacking  n.— «Sometimes schools will have a student start the lesson by driving another student home, a practice known as “piggybacking.” If there is another student in the car, ask where your teen will be driving and...

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