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Not My Forte

Is it worth using proper pronunciation if it makes you sound ignorant or misinformed? Contrary to the common understanding, the word forte is actually pronounced “fort.” Grant describes forte as a skunked word; it’s a losing...

downwinder

downwinder  n.— «Nuclear testing in Nevada during the 1950s and 1960s released radiation into the atmosphere that settled in states far away from the original test site. Researchers determined that certain elements of this fallout, such as...

ice-jacking

ice-jacking  n.— «Several factors converged to cause the tower failure. The structure of the tower is such that two parts are spliced together. Water had seeped into the tower which had turned to ice with the recent extreme cold...

blend wall

blend wall  n.— «Two members of Growth Energy said shipping and cost constraints could discourage further blending of ethanol with gasoline as soon as 2009, a situation the ethanol industry calls hitting the “blend wall...

jallad

jallad  n.— «Ever wondered where does the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) disposes off animal carcasses? Well, it could be just anywhere—along a deserted road, a culvert…or even on a lane along the backyard of your house. A...

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