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brown-bag

brown-bag  v.— «On the farm, brown-bagging is the practice of selling harvested, government-protected varieties of seed to other farmers for future planting at discount prices. On Wednesday, in an 8-1 victory for the nation’s seed...

trigger law

trigger law  n.— «If approved, the ban would become what’s known as a “trigger law,” meaning that it would automatically come into effect if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion...

robe-itis

robe-itis  n.— «Dan Doyle, a Republican who serves as special counsel to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, impressed us with his legal thinking and his desire to make the system work better. He has the makings of a good, fair-minded...

rent a judge

rent a judge  n.— «Q: What is reference judging? A: In California, it’s called “rent a judge,” a pejorative term. Here, about 15 years ago, we passed a statute that allowed parties to retain someone who has been approved by the...

whalejet

whalejet  n.— «As a supreme symbol of Europe’s prowess in aerospace, indeed in modern technology itself, the A 380 superjumbo jet, is melting down. No longer the embodiment of European cooperation and unity, its third announced delivery...

supreme

supreme  v.— «Supreme the orange: Slice off the top and bottom 1/2″ of each orange, revealing the flesh. Cutting in sloping strips, use a sharp knife to remove the rest of the orange’s skin. Now cut the individual wedges apart into...