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plyometrics

plyometrics  n.— «Plyometrics found its way into the American vernacular in the late 80s when it was discovered that it was the secret to the Russian’s success in the Olympics.» —“How I spent my summer vacation” by Brady...

Bugs Bunny changeup

Bugs Bunny changeup  n.— «The newest entry into the baseball vernacular is “Bugs Bunny changeup.” Translation: It rushes up to the plate and then suddenly stops. Sarver fed the Gamecocks carrots and lettuce all night...

freeter

freeter  n.— «Some young people choose to live on a series of part-time jobs rather than look for a permanent one. In the local vernacular, they’re called “freeters,” a combination of “free” and...

abbaco

abbaco  n.— «In marked contrast to the Jesuits, Piarists taught in the vernacular, not Latin, and over philosophical mathematics they favoured “abbaco”, or mercantile arithmetic.» —“Sins of the fathers” by...