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optics

optics  n.— «In this part of the world, only a high-level resignation will do: Rumsfeld, obviously, but he, after offering an apology, swiftly visited Abu Ghraib. All over the Arab world, Rumsfeld was seen on television embracing the...

radcon

radcon  n.— «Why are so many of these angry workers, who can barely pay their family’s bills, voting for radical conservative (“Radcon,” in Reich’s parlance) Republicans instead of Democrats? Because, Reich answers, the Radcons...

new shooter

new shooter  n.— «Sometimes, the Triple Crown horses are ambushed by a fresh new shooter in the Belmont. Stage Door Johnny peaked just at the right time to defeat Forward Pass in 1966. Coastal blossomed late and upset Spectacular Bid two...

trashcanistan

trashcanistan  n.— «The story from 1992 was unprecedented strife in the an obscure republic in Central Asia, “Trashcanistan.”» —“Re: Laser Tattoo=NPR Hoax? Gotta be…“ by Andrew Steinberg Usenet: alt...

roadblock

roadblock  n.— «The great advantage Reagan enjoys is the three-network whammy, what Matthews calls a “roadblock.” When Reagan speaks on all three networks at once, he is making it very difficult for viewers to avoid him, but...

booth capturing

booth capturing  n.— «Police said that the deaths and injuries occurred during clashes between rival parties, police gunfire to break up disturbances and incidents of “booth capturing,” a uniquely South Asian election...