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Everything is Tickety-Boo

News reports that the makers of Scrabble were changing the rules to allow proper names left some purists fuming. The rumors were false, but they got Grant thinking about idiosyncratic adaptations of the game’s rules. Also this week, the...

canning

canning  n.— «Marilyn Frano, Weymouth’s substance abuse prevention coordinator, said she came up with the idea after she heard that Weymouth High School athletes were asked to collect change—a practice known as “canning”—outside liquor...

sputtering

sputtering  n.— «Metal ion creation in the semiconductor industry relies on a technique called sputtering. Traditional sputtering relies on a gas such as argon being heated to plasma and then contained by a magnetic field between a layer...

bounce house

bounce house  n.—Gloss: An inflatable structure in and on which children can climb and jump. Note: Also often called “bouncy house.” «Party rental agencies, too, are trying to please customers by discounting their inflatable...

scooter hoot

scooter hoot  n.— «President of the Defiers M.C. Stone, Ky. chapter “Super Red” said scooter hoot is really another term for a biker party. Super Red is his biker name and he told the Daily News this is how he wished to be addressed...

bolt-ons

bolt-ons  n.pl.—Gloss: surgically enhanced breasts. «Like the time I went into the rest room at one Super Bowl party, and the models were all in there topless and touching each others chests and asking each other if their bolt-ons felt...