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amygdala hijack

amygdala hijack  n.— «How we deal with stress, challenge and conflict has roots deep in human evolution. The problem: In times of great stress or crisis, our limbic brains literally take over the rest of the brain. In the emotional...

ring-back tone

ring-back tone  n.— «In Asia, where sales of music to mobile phones outpace CD sales in some places, labels may offer more than 400 different items in connection with a specific album, including ring-back tones—snippets of music that play...

bumper

bumper  n.— «The Konzertstuck for four horns, which will preface the BBC SSO’s performance of Manfred, also looks like being allowed to speak for itself. When, some years ago, the work was presented by another Scottish orchestra, the...

diming

diming  n.— «Big fans of bluesy guitar tone derived from volume-maxed Fender Amps (a process called “diming’”cos the volume goes up to 10) would be wise to look elsewhere.» —“Sometimes Moore is less” Edmonton...

blurple

blurple  adj.— «Ive heard the term blurple to describe the particular color of skin for africans such as himself. i think his skin tone is beautiful. i love the blurple. its richer than all other skin tones.» —“ode to hanging...

five nines

five nines  n.— «My phone line has been out—completely out, no dial tone—for 2 days since I discovered and reported the outage. If “five nines” were a guarantee, that is, if it had any reality to it at all, I could expect...