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narco-sub

narco-sub  n.— «Packed with cocaine and grimly christened “coffins,” sleek jungle-built submarines are steaming their way north from Colombia through Pacific waters to deliver tonnes of illegal drugs headed for the U.S. market...

combine

combine  n.— «Welcome, to the scouting combine, which is more like gym class than a football game. Players go through a battery of tests from a standing broad jump to vertical leap to a shuttle run.» —“NFL Scouting Combine: Welcome to...

Kenyan shuffle

Kenyan shuffle  n.— «My first word of advice then was to start out slow. “Painfully slow,” I said, and by this I meant running well within ourselves. Nothing will ruin the prospect of an accomplished run more effectively than...

The Lipstick Express (minicast)

Hockey mom, mavericky, snow machines, and—how could we forget that other memorable phrase from the 2008 presidential campaign?—lipstick on a pig. Some new and not-so-new terms leapt onto the national stage during Gov. Sarah Palin‘s run for the...

crooked number

crooked number  n.— «Manuel believes the home run “is your greatest hit in baseball.” It gives the Phillies big-innings capability. They began Game 5 with 14 multi-run innings—”crooked numbers” in the parlance—out...