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bogie

bogie  n.— «The non-steering wheels in front of the “bogies” are called “pusher axles” and wheels behind the “bogies” are called “tag axles.” They are single wheels. And they are for wieght...

Kelly shift

Kelly shift  n.— «Under what is known as the “Kelly shift,” adopted by the Fire Department in 1969, firefighters worked a 27-day rotation consisting of one 24-hour shift, followed by 48 hours off. After repeating that cycle...

eight-liner

eight-liner  n.— «Capt. Steven Jett of the Houston Police Department estimates that Houston has 300 to 400 gaming rooms. Inside, one typically finds row after row of video gaming machines, often called “eight-liners” because...

Neo-Mexiterranean

Neo-Mexiterranean  n.— «There are front porches along the street, condominiums up above, even lofts designed to look like row houses shipped here from the East Coast. Much of the new stuff is generic Bay Area infill—”neo...

brainswitching

brainswitching  n.— «What can you do when depression attacks? One thing that can help is a cognitive behavioral technique called “brainswitching.” Choose a word or phrase, such as “green frog,” a nonsense song like...

sea-gull

sea-gull  v.— «The rest were monumentally unremarkable and it could well be held that the back row contributed to the demise of their front five by seagulling around the fringes of the scrum, instead of staying down and shoving hard...