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pay-for

pay-for  n.— «One issue was how to pay for reform—the “pay-fors” as they are called. “There are problems with the pay-fors,” Chambliss said, adding that the President had specifically asked him if he could support...

fasthole

fasthole  n.— Note: From “fast” + “asshole.” «Fasthole—ˈfast—hōl (noun): Someone who thinks they’re better than another runner simply because they are faster. In my group of running friends, we use the name as a...

redheaded Eskimo

redheaded Eskimo  n.— «On Capitol Hill, legislation carefully tailored to the needs of a tiny constituency is sometimes called a “Redheaded Eskimo.” He is in the Jobs Creation Act under “expenses paid by certain whaling...

pregame

pregame  v.— «Ms. Mayer was meeting with Mr. Kraus and Mr. Pichai to help them prepare for a meeting the next day with Mr. Schmidt, Mr. Brin and Mr. Page to discuss how the company could leverage information-sharing among Google’s many...

Chicken Scratch and Creaky Voice

Whoa, hey! It's another newsletter from Martha and Grant, hosts of "A Way with Words." How's your handwriting? Penmanship is one of the things we talked about on our latest episode, as well as "creaky voice" (kind of the...

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