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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...

Nadered

Nadered  adj.— «Nader’s campaign disputes the commonly held belief that his 2000 run resulted in Bush winning the presidency. Campaign officials say there were many other factors at play. Still, the notion persists, and political experts...

Delaware effect

Delaware effect  n.— «The Irish government has thrown everybody (and that includes Sarkozy and Merkel) off track by guaranteeing every last penny in its banks. The risks run by this kind of unilateral action inside the European Union are...

bumping

bumping  n.— «The main area in which the NCAA found violations was recruiting. The main offense was a practice called bumping, where Neuheisel or a member of his staff would run into a recruit during a period when contact was forbidden and...