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Gringolandia

Gringolandia  n.— «Even in worst-case scenarios, it is a few notches less antagonizing than other words for people from the United States, known as gringolandia, or gringo land.» —“If called a ‘gringo,’ see if it’s said with a...

1.5 generation

1.5 generation  n.— «We who sat huddled in that E.S.L. class grew up to represent the so-called 1.5 generation. Many of us came to America in our teens, already rooted in Korean ways and language. We often clashed with the first...

fumblerooski

fumblerooski  n.— «In more common parlance, the play was a “fumblerooski,” designed for center Joe Dooley to place the ball on the ground after touching it to quarterback Mike Tomczak’s hands.» —“Gold...

super-seal

super-seal  v.— «Super-sealing is a relatively new word in the legal lexicon that describes the total eclipse of entire cases or individual pleadings by keeping everything about them—even case and docket numbers—secret.» —“Court...

curbstone

curbstone  n.— «By the late 1970s and early 1980s, prosecutors said, Schecter had learned how to “curbstone.” That was the street term for buying cars at auctions and from wholesalers, rolling back the odometers and then...

erototoxin

erototoxin  n.— «Pornography triggers myriad kinds of internal, natural drugs that mimic the “high” from a street drug. Addiction to pornography is addiction to what I dub erototoxins—mind-altering drugs produced by the...

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