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tramp dread

tramp dread  n.— «My excuse is that, as a freelance journalist, I do not receive any paid holiday. If I stop working, the money stops coming in—and my finances are so precariously balanced that simply forgoing one week’s wages could bring...

LPU

LPU  n.— «It’s refreshing to read about a discovery that isn’t just a tiny increment. Today’s scientists are under pressure to publish something new, leading to what some cynically call the LPU, or Least Publishable Unit. You find some new...

stand-up historian

stand-up historian  n.— «The Great Squirrel Stampede of 1826 is one of David Heighway’s favorite tales. Caused by an overpopulation of squirrels that lost their food supply for natural reasons across the Midwest, it’s on the local...

hung up

hung up  adj.— «I couldn’t see the bird, but I knew he was “hung up” in turkey hunting vernacular, strutting his stuff with the logical expectation that the hen (me) would come to him. That’s how it usually works in nature, but...

other

other  v.— «There was stuff like even before the point in the trailer where the crowd turned into zombies. They’re sort of being, in sort of post-modern parlance, they’re sort of “othered.” They’re hidden in shadows, you can...

frimping

frimping  n.— «But the fact of the matter is that they were transmitting information about their customers to Facebook in hopes of earning more dollars via this new thing called frimping, i.e. pimping stuff to your friends.» —“Hey...

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