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Language Headlines (minicast)

The world of politics tops this week’s language headlines, including an explanation of the Bradley effect, and the ongoing debate over bilingual education. Also, what does the word fubsy mean? Grant has the answer and reports about a new...

chipping

chipping  n.— «Almost every time Cole lines up across the left tackle, he’s got a tight end to deal with, too. Running backs also take a quick shot at him before releasing into the flat—a technique called chipping.» —“Eagles ends...

mad-dogging

mad-dogging  n.— Note: This term is related to mean-mugging and mad-mugging. «According to all of the news reports two young men met outside of a downtown bar and tried to stare each other down. In Albuquerque this is called “mad-dogging.”...

shot fighter

shot fighter  n.— «Gomez is what some would call a “shot fighter,” and shot fighters don’t get more durable as they go, they get less able to hang in there for long periods of time and give a sustained effort. Each of Gomez’s...

pickle back

pickle back  n.— «We do something called a “pickle back”—a shot of Jameson with a shot of pickle-juice brine—that is quickly becoming a signature.» —“Jenn James of the Rusty Knot Never Wants to Hear ’Hotel...

God shot

God shot  n.— «The machine is for people who like to fiddle—and not everyone wants to grind beans, pre-heat demitasses, tamp at just the right pressure, “temperature surf” and do all the other hoo-ha necessary to produce a...