word of the day: October 12, 2005
An unusually strong fear of Iraq, especially its ability to manufacture and use biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. (A play on arachnophobia, an unusually strong fear of spiders.)
Now that September is here, President Bush can launch his "initial public offering" of stock in his newest product, Iraqnophobia.
word of the day: October 08, 2005
n. Advertisements posted on telephone poles, traffic lights, and other public areas.
Honest, officer, I didn't even see the stop sign! Look at all the street spam all over that corner.
word of the day: December 22, 2005
A tool or technique that makes some aspect of one's life easier or more efficient.
Web sites now exist, where lifehacker (followers of the movement) can trade lifehacks - suggestions on how to reduce chaos and make their lives more enjoyable.
A vehicle, monitored by the police, that is used to tempt a car thief into stealing it.
The Vancouver police operate with "bait cars" to trap car thieves. The vehicles, equipped with disabling devices and global-positioning equipment, are parked in a lot where thieves have been active. The bait-car program is well known to car thieves, who consider the practice unsporting,
highly motivated employee who has few personal responsibilities and so can work long hours, travel frequently, or be called in to work with little notice.
The ideal zero drag employee is young, unmarried and childless with no responsibilities and an eagerness to do well.
A corporate advertisement that extols the company's environmental record or policies - usually by a company known to rape and pillage the environment as often as possible.
Abe: Have you seen those new commecials by the oil companies that show how good they are for the environment?
Babe: They are pure eco porn, man.
(TAR-uhn-tiz-uhm)- An uncontrollable urge to dance - After Taranto, a town in southern Italy where this phenomenon was experienced during the 15-17th centuries. It's not clear whether tarantism was the symptom of a spider's bite or its cure, or it may have been just a pretext to dodge a
prohibition against dancing. The names of the dance tarantella and the spider tarantula are both derived from the same place.
"The director is in a wild delirium, spinning in circles as though stricken with tarantism, his whirring camera held at arm's length, panning, tilting, arcing and oscillating and making other moves that have no name."