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SNEAKERNET

PRONUNCIATION: (SNEE-kuhr-net)

MEANING: Noun: The transfer of electronic information by physically moving it (storing it on a device and moving the device), instead of doing it over a computer network.

ETYMOLOGY: From sneaker (a shoe popular in everyday use) + net, alluding to someone carrying a disk, memory key, etc. from one computer to another. The shoes were called sneakers because their rubber soles made them very quiet. Earliest documented use: 1984.
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SPEAKERNET - 1. the coarse cloth covering the cone of a large loudspeaker; 2. a collection of loudspeakers linked together a a common control board

SNEAKERTET - subdued public lectures on the occasion of the Vietnamese New Year

SNEAKER WET - why you don't step into puddles leaving the Basketball court

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BOOT-FACED

PRONUNCIATION: (BOOT-fayst)

MEANING: adjective: Having a stern, angry, or sad expression.

ETYMOLOGY: From the expression “to have a seaboot face” (to have grim face), probably alluding to seaboots being worn on a ship in bad weather. Earliest documented use: 1925.
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BOOT-FARAD - the strength of the start-up capacitor

TOOT-FACED - red-cheeked from blowing the tuuba too hard

BOOT-ACED - cheated out of the pot because your opponent pulls out an ace that was hidden in his footwear

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IKIGAI

PRONUNCIATION: (I-ki-gai)

MEANING: noun:
1. A sense of purpose or something that gives a sense of purpose; a reason for living.
2. Something that brings fulfillment or enjoyment.

ETYMOLOGY: From Japanese ikigai (a reason for being), from iki (life) + -gai (worth). Earliest documented use: 1972. The French equivalent is raison d’être.
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IKI-GAI - unappealing young man

I-KIRAI - [possible trigger warning] the final moments of a ritual suicide (seppuku)

I, KING AI - self-proclaimed Ruler of the Sloths

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CHAEBOL

PRONUNCIATION: (CHAY/JAY-bol/buhl)

MEANING: A large conglomerate of businesses, tightly controlled by a person or a family.

ETYMOLOGY: From Korean chaebol, from chae (wealth) + bol (faction), modeled after Japanese zaibatsu, by the use of Korean pronunciations of the two Chinese characters with which the word zaibatsu is formed. Earliest documented use: 1972.
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CHAEBOT - Artificial Intelligence app to imitate the governance of a cartel

CHATBOL - A talking soccer ball; it says "Ouch" when you kick it, "Aah" when you head it, "Gotcha!" when you do a good dribble maneuver

AHA! EBOL' - Uh-oh, there's a new outbreak of virus in rural Africa

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COSH

PRONUNCIATION: (kosh)

MEANING: noun: 1. A short, thick, heavy stick, used as a weapon. Also known as a truncheon, blackjack, bludgeon, etc.
2. An attack with, or as if with, such a weapon.
verb tr.: To hit with, or as if with, such a weapon.

ETYMOLOGY: From Romani kosh, from koshter (stick). Earliest documented use: 1869.
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COSHA - food that's OK to be eaten by Orthodox Bostonian Jews

COASH - what a drunken athlete calls the head of his team

COKH - a Klingon delicacy, made of live beetle larvae. Just ask Will Riker.

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TOCO

PRONUNCIATION: (TOH-koh)

MEANING: noun: Chastisement; punishment; beatings.

ETYMOLOGY: From Hindi thoko, imperative of thokna (to strike or beat). Earliest documented use: 1823. Also see dekko.
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ROCO - an artistic style characterized by not-very-elaborate ornamentation

TO CD - where to move your funds when you're worried about an imminent stock market crash

TOE CO. - a firm that makes polydactyl feet

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CHURL

PRONUNCIATION: (chuhrl)

MEANING: noun:
1. A rude person.
2. A miserly person.
3. A peasant.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English ceorl (peasant). Earliest documented use: 800.
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C.O. HURL - the Company commander is pitching for the ball team

D.C. HURL - sick drunk in the nation's Capital

CHURE - "Of course," with a heavy Slavic accent

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DICKEY, DICKY, or DICKIE

PRONUNCIATION: (DIK-ee)

MEANING:
noun: 1. A detachable shirtfront, collar, bib, etc.
2. A small bird. [as in "Oh willow, tit willow, tit willow" - Wofa]
3. A donkey.
4. The driver’s seat or rear seat in a carriage.
5. The luggage compartment of a vehicle; also known as trunk or a boot.

adjective: 1. Not working properly.
2. In poor health.

ETYMOLOGY: For noun: A diminutive of Dick, a nickname for Richard. Earliest documented use: 1753.
For adjective: Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1788.
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I.C. KEY - needed to reverse-engineer an integrated circuit

DICEY - cubical

DICK ICE - cure for the hots

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DINGBAT

PRONUNCIATION: (DING-bat)

MEANING: noun: 1. An eccentric or crazy person.
2. An ornamental typographical symbol, such as ✲, ❏, ☛, ♥.
3. An object, such as a brick, used as a missile.
4. A gadget or an object whose name is unknown or forgotten. Aka, thingamajig, gizmo, etc.
5. A two- to three-story boxy apartment building with parking spaces directly under it.
adjective: Eccentric or crazy.

ETYMOLOGY: Origin unknown. Earliest documented use: 1838.
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DANGBAT - annoying baseball hitter

DING BAIT - leaving your car where it's likely to be struck by another, so you can file for insurance payments

DIN-GOAT - one noisy caprid

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DECOLLATE

PRONUNCIATION: (for 1: dee-KAH-layt, for 2: DEK-uh-layt)

MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To behead.
2. To separate sheets of paper, from a multiple-copy printout, for example.

ETYMOLOGY: For 1: From Latin decollare, from de- (from) + collum (neck). Earliest documented use: 1599.
For 2: From de- (from) + collate (to gather, merge, etc.), from conferre (to bring together). Earliest documented use: 1967.

NOTES: Sometimes the word decollate is used as an alternate spelling for the decollete (which is a short for decolletage: a low neckline on a woman’s dress). If your name is Chasity and you’re writing a romance novel (The Other Wife), any spelling is fine. But when you need to refer to a low neckline in a formal context -- an office memo, a research paper, a court brief, a patent application, etc. -- it’s best to go with decollete.
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DECOLLAGE - to be expunged from the University records for inferior spelling

DE DOLL ATE - Raggedy Ann had dinner

DECOR LATE - the interior furnishings were only an afterthought

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