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Duct Tape vs. Duck Tape

Is that oh-so-handy sticky stuff called duct tape or duck tape? An Emmy-nominated filmmaker is wondering, specifically because he has to instruct narrators to be careful to avoid running together a “T” sound at the end of a word with the...

shoe-shining

shoe-shining  n.— «When the only target of Tier 4 was tape, the focus was on delivering the data to that tape drive as fast as possible. Tape drives themselves have been plenty fast enough for years now, they’re just not very forgiving if...

Word Jocks Lettered in Language

Pass the Gatorade! Martha and Grant work up a sweat in this episode as they tackle a sports quiz and lob vocabulary questions back and forth. They also settle a family dispute about the pronunciation of eco-friendly and unlock the etymology of...

D2D2T

D2D2T  n.— «Disk drives have now become so inexpensive and deliver such high capacities that disk-to-disk (D2D) backup systems have become viable even for small businesses.…After performing the D2D backup, you can take a further copy...

Tape Bomb and Pixie Money

This week’s “Slang This!” contestant guesses what the terms tape bomb and pixie money mean. Improvised explosive devices made out of cassette tapes? We don’t think so. This is part of a complete episode.

kinesio taping

kinesio taping  n.— «The taping is a new-age injury prevention method known as kinesio taping. It originates from Japan and has become popular in the past 20 years, particularly in America. The idea is to tape around a muscle to prevent...