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rollup

rollup  n.— «Patrick Neil, a division manager for Ventura County’s probation department, would not comment on why Avary was removed from the furlough program. “Any causes behind a rollup is not something we can discuss,” Neil...

dittoism

dittoism  n.— «There is a tendency in favour of what is called “dittoism,” i.e., everyone thinking the same thought without a healthy tendency to break the uniformity of thought.» —“EDITORIAL: NWFP’s security is...

shiprider

shiprider  n.— «It’s just one of many possible dilemmas facing an increasing number of private security companies who offer armed escorts—known in the industry as “shipriders”—from Somali pirates. The few companies that have...

pickle

pickle  v.— «Job security is high for mechanics who “pickle” airplanes—aviation jargon for disassembling parts and draining fluids from aircraft so they can be stored.» —“Downturn has some odd...

cooping

cooping  n.— «In the end, Officer Bacon, Shield No. 1627, accidentally locked himself in the back seat of a patrol car while napping—known as “cooping”—during an overnight security shift at 1 Police Plaza. The 911 operator he called for...

A Moniker for Your Monitor

Fess up: do you have a pet name for your car? How about your computer? Martha and Grant discuss the urge to give nicknames to inanimate objects in our lives. Also, why do we speak of vetting a political candidate? And what in the world is a zoo...

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