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Tweet Nothings

How much humor and personality can you pack into a 140-character update? A lot, it turns out. Martha and Grant talk about funny Twitter feeds. Also this week, the origins of skosh and “can’t hold a candle,” why dragonflies are...

personize

personize  v.— «Personized Firefox is important! But making personized Firefox everywhere will be more important! I want the same personized firefox in both my PC and my notebook!» —“Weave Status Update” by...

smoke

smoke  n.— «I think Tree means to tune the gamma match with the variable capacitor for best transmitter output, or “maximum smoke,” as it is sometimes called.» —“The K7RA Solar Update” by Tad...

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whale

whale  n.— «People with thousands of friends are called “whales” by Facebook employees. Only a small percentage of their user base has more than 1,000 friends.» —“Facebook wall update coming tonight” Scobleizer July...

pellet

pellet  n.— «On April 24, the day before the New York TRACON evacuation, under the heading of “operational update,” the ATO’s internal communication staff writes tongue-in-cheek accounts of daily airspace operations, air...