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Will The Rain Hurt The Rhubarb?

Stand back! Farther back! It's another newsletter from "A Way with Words." A brand-new episode hit the airwaves this weekend, in which we took a look at some of the coinages on Barack Obama's name, and at...

Southwest effect

Southwest effect  n.— Note: Named for Southwest Airlines. «What isn’t known is how much demand for travel will disappear this fall if fares are higher and the economy weakens further. When discounters enter markets and force all airlines...

bouncer

bouncer  n.— «It is absolutely amazing to me how badly boaters—especially liveaboards—are being discriminated against in SoCal and beyond. Even worse is the uneven treatment of those boaters port authorities have called “bouncers”—which I...

word of mouse

word of mouse  n.— «Word of mouse is the latest trend in online travel planning, and a variety of corporate travel companies are setting up networking sites in hopes of becoming the Facebook of corporate travel.» —“Advice From...

posthole

posthole  v.— «He said people who walk through deep snow without snowshoes, a process he called post-holing, without proper footwear could be setting themselves up for trouble.» —“Conditions tough for start of summer hiking...

blood border

blood border  n.— «She began by citing the history of the drinking age becoming 21 and the problems along the way. In the process of making a unified law, many states set their own drinking ages, according to Meripolski. This set the stage...