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start-me-up

start-me-up  n.— «Start-Me-Ups—these are youngsters starting out and on the way up: most are single and childless and in the 18 to 29 year age group with a male and white-collar job bias—they like fun and parties.» —“The new black...

redshirt

redshirt  v.— «After the morning announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance, Andersen’s kindergartners sat down on a blue rug. Two, one boy and one girl, had been redshirted—the term, borrowed from sports, describes students held out for a...

pageant hair

pageant hair  n.— «Biotech #1: He hired this blonde girl from Chicago… with pageant hair! Biotech #2: Ew. Pageant hair? Hello, this is New York City. We aren’t blonde, and we aren’t perky!» —“ Although We All Start Out That...

petrosexual

petrosexual  n.— «With the former professional wrestler Bill Goldberg as its host, “Bullrun” is the television spinoff of the real-life road rally of the same name, in which entry fees run more than $17,000. Participants, who sometimes...

metagator

metagator  n.— «I’ve recently sung the praises of “metagator” (meta-aggregator) sites such as Popurls and Original Signal. These sites display data from RSS feeds on particular topics. They’re very useful if you’re trying to...

trailing spouse

trailing spouse  n.— «Another personnel man remembers the promising executive he lost because her husband was a dentist who couldn’t find a good practice to join in the area. To cope with this problem, some 150 northern New Jersey...