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A Way with Words is starting a brand-new season! Find out what a motorcyclist wears to keep from getting sunburned– is it a do-rag or a dew-rag? A listener wonders “Why is an undesirable task called a g-job?” Martha shares a trick...

trowel fodder

trowel fodder  n.— «I have been working in a commercial archaeology company as basic trowel fodder for a year and have now been given the task of writing the small finds report from my first site.» —“Draft layout for a small finds...

floater

floater n. a person who files down or smooths horse teeth; a tool used for such a task. Etymological Note: Directly related to the verb “to float,” meaning “to file the teeth of a horse.” The Oxford English Dictionary...

coolered

coolered  adj.— «Players that hold a big hand but run into a bigger hand are now officially “coolered” in the poker lingo. It’s a word that’s attached to nearly every sob story where the hero ran into a losing situation that...

ant colony optimization

ant colony optimization  n.— «Ant colony optimisation, as the technique is called, turns on the fact that such insects exploit food in what appears to be an intelligent, but is in fact an entirely mindless, way.…he computer...

strike-below

strike-below  n.— «Under the re-written bill, called a “strike-below” in legislative parlance, the new 9-member authority would be a political subdivision of the state, not a new state agency. One of its first duties would be to convene...

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