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Defining “Spatula”

A Texas listener recounts an ongoing debate in her family’s kitchen over the exact definition of the word spatula. Is it the kitchen tool used to spread icing and level measuring cups? Something you use to flip a pancake? That item with the...

Netflix divorce

Netflix divorce  n.—Gloss: A decision by a couple to have two Netflix accounts instead of one. «Netflix does not know how many of its accounts are for individuals and how many are for couples. There has been at least one “Netflix divorce,”...

magic booster bag

magic booster bag  n.—Gloss: Same as booster bag. «It looks like a simple bag on the outside. Once you look inside, you’ll discover the bag is a complex shoplifting tool. “They’ve got aluminum foil, ductwork and gray duct...

snapback

snapback  n.— «The turning on of the bipolar transistor results in a drop in voltage, often called bipolar snapback. The bipolar region is characterized by Vsb, the snapback voltage, and the resistance of the snapback region, R. The...

chatter

chatter  n.— «The Scientific Games Corporation, which dominates the scratch-off market and counts states like Texas and Massachusetts as clients, advises lottery managers to increase jackpots to lure players.…“But like any ‘tool,’ an...

knol

knol  n.— «Earlier this week, we started inviting a selected group of people to try a new, free tool that we are calling “knol,” which stands for a unit of knowledge.…At the heart, a knol is just a web page; we use the...