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Las Caniculas

A San Antonio, Texas, listener recalls hearing the term las caniculas to denote a period of 12 days in January where the weather seems to run the gamut of all the kinds of weather that will be experienced in the coming year. This period is also...

Oh My Stars and Garters

The exclamation “Oh my stars and garters!” likely arose from a reference to the British Order of the Garter. The award for this highest level of knighthood includes an elaborate medal in the shape of a star. The expression was probably...

ice

ice  v.— «Celebrities aren’t the only ones getting iced out. Corporations want some icing action too. Smith’s company created a crystal-incrusted Nintendo Wii. They still take orders from the general public through the company Web site...

yellow-star cluster

yellow-star cluster  n.— «Starting with the upcoming 2009 budget, the Air Force will need at least $20 billion more every year to meet its modernization needs, he said. “I think this is really a yellow-star cluster,” Wynne said, describing...

mocapography

mocapography  n.— «The movie, which opens in November, was filmed in something called “mocapography” using a multitude of digital cameras doing motion capture. Stars Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone and Crispin...

kiss and ride

kiss and ride  n.— «It has created “park and ride” terminals, where passengers may leave their cars in the morning. It has promoted “kiss and ride” points, where wives are urged to deposit their husbands for the...