Home » spine

Tagspine

Ensellure

The small of the back—the part of one’s lower back where the spine curves in—is so called because it’s the narrowest point. When Vladimir Nabokov wrote about that in English, he borrowed the sexy French word ensellure. This is part of a...

Horse You Rode in On Idiom

The idiom and the horse you rode in on, usually preceded by a far more unfriendly phrase, tends to be directed at someone who’s full of himself and unwelcome to boot. It first pops up in the 1950s, and it’s written on the spine of a book...

A-dar

A-dar  n.— «As an autism parent nearly twelve years post diagnosis, I (and, I’m sure, many other parents) have developed what is often referred to as “A-dar,” short for autism radar. It’s the awareness of a possible autism diagnosis...

svaroopa

svaroopa  n.— «Svaroopa: From the Sanskrit word that means “bliss,” this type of yoga teaches different ways of doing familiar poses, but with an emphasis on the spine and hips.» —“Styles to fit every aim” by R.J...

Canadian binding

Canadian binding  n.— «It was initially a spiral-bound paperback, but when consumers could not easily find it on bookstore shelves, Firefly worked with its printer, Friesen’s, to wrap a spine around the wire-o binding. Now known as...