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social papers

social papers  n.pl.— «A clarification is in order: real “social papers” are not boxed cards with your initial from your corner stationer. Social papers are made with hand-cut dies, a universe of fonts and stock in shades like creamy ecru...

Facebook degree

Facebook degree  n.— «The University of Salford is set to offer a MA/PgDip in Social Media—unofficially referred to as the “Facebook Degree.”» —“Salford Uni launches Facebook degree” by Gareth Halfacree bit...

Grand Bargain

Grand Bargain  n.— «The harder part will be trying to follow that up by creating what is coming to be known in Obama circles as a Grand Bargain: getting everyone to agree to clean up the nation’s budget mess in a really big way, one that...

play bow

play bow  n.— «Social play has its own vocabulary. Dogs have a particular body posture called the “play bow”—forelegs extended, rump in the air—that they use as both invitation and punctuation. A dog will perform a play bow at...

horseracism

horseracism  n.— Note: This term has recently been credited by Jack Shafer as a coinage by Brian Montopoli in 2004, but Montopoli’s coinage came much later than the 1995 use cited here. It does seem likely to be the sort of word that is...

Mollie’s measure

Mollie’s measure  n.— «The current federal poverty threshold was developed in the 1960s by Mollie Orshansky, an economist with the Social Security Administration, who based her number on a 1955 Department of Agriculture study that said low...

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