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The Great Recession

Should the Great Recession be talked and written about as a proper noun? Recessions tend to be vague in their scale and timelines, so it’s problematic to mention them as proper nouns. Perhaps the similarities in sound between Great Recession...

scalejacking

scalejacking  n.— «Dave Balter coined this great term. It describes the quest of marketers for size at all costs. Because marketers were raised on the scale of mass—TV, radio, newspapers—they have a churn and burn mentality. The internet...

rivet counter

rivet counter  n.— «North End Train Center has some intense customers who Colley likes to call “rivet counters.” These are collectors who won’t buy an item unless it is absolutely correct and to perfect scale.» —“Small...

carborexic

carborexic  n.— «To others they come across as “energy anorexics,” obsessing over personal carbon emissions to an unhealthy degree, the way crash dieters watch the bathroom scale.…Jay Matsueda, who might also answer to...

upslop

upslop  n.— «Unlike the supercells of the central plains, which are elements in large systems, the upslope supercells near the mountains (in this case, the Rockies) exhibit what appears to be random behavior. Justin: “Some people...

throw a Porsche at someone

throw a Porsche at someone  v. phr.— «An incident like this brings home the sheer scale of military spending. In Afghanistan, where Javelin heat-seeking missiles are sometimes launched against Taliban personnel, our soldiers call it, with...