A subset of karaoke bars with G.R.O.’s — short for guest relations officers, a euphemism for female prostitutes — often employ gay men, who are seen as neutral, to defuse the undercurrent of tension among the male patrons.
Then there is what was considered Bamberger's folly. In 1998, he decided to carve out a three-dome cave into one of his hillsides and line the ceiling with gunite. The ranch staff rolled their eyes when he told them he wanted enough room for a million Mexican free-tailed bats. For years, no bats came. But slowly, they began to find Bamberger's cave, and now as many as 400,000 bats make their summer home there. The cave is called a "Chiroptorium" — a term his wife and son came up with that combines Chiroptera, the scientific order bats are in, and auditorium.
Some of those who come to learn are new landowners who've made their fortune in Austin's high-tech industry. The locals call them "Dellionaires" because the first wave worked at nearby Dell Inc. These owners buy property not to make money off of it, but for recreation; and Bamberger's message of habitat restoration resonates strong.
The Marders had Nestlé’s vocal cords cut by a veterinary surgeon after a neighbor in the family’s apartment building on the Upper East Side threatened to complain to the co-op board about the noisy dog. ... The surgery usually leaves the animal with something between a wheeze and a squeak. The procedure, commonly referred to as debarking, has been around for decades, but has fallen out of favor, especially among younger veterinarians and animal-rights advocates.
Legislation to curb drinking is of particular interest here in Scotland’s old industrial heartland, or the “Buckfast Belt,” where Buckfast is considered a regional favorite. The drink is so ubiquitous in this working-class town, not far from Glasgow, that some people call it Coatbridge Table Wine (others call it “loopy juice,” or, channeling Travis Bickle, “Who’re you lookin’ at?” wine.)
One barrier to wider adoption of electric bicycles in the United States and Europe may be the culture of cycling. Bicycle riders have long valued cycling as a sport and a form of exercise, not simply as a utilitarian means of transportation, and many of them look down their noses at electric bikes.
“To the core cyclist, it’s cheating,” said Loren Mooney, editor in chief of Bicycling Magazine. “Marketers understand this, and it’s why some have put e-bikes in mass retailers like Best Buy, rather than engaging in the uphill battle of trying to sell them in bike shops.”
It's a dictionary metasearch: you look up something and it gives you a link to all the major online dictionaries which have that entry. It's kind of a hassle to open up everything in a new link, and it's not always current because relies on the dictionaries keeping up-to-date the indexes they provide OneLook (and most dictionaries are terrible at keeping up with new language), but I particularly like its reverse dictionary, which I believe is more or less just a full-text search of entries and synonyms from some publicly available lexical data.
"Scattered across the centre of San Francisco are almost seventy semi-secret spaces, privately owned but open to the public. Subject to the fine print of a little-known pact between City and Commerce, these so-called POPOS (Privately Owned Public Open Spaces) allow alluring vistas of San Francisco and access to its intimate interiors." —"Strange Maps." More here.
Several prominent American yoga teachers like Ana Forrest and Bryan Kest have recently acknowledged eating meat. In an example of how yogis have adopted the language and ideology of foodies, Mr. Kest calls himself a “selectarian,” one who chooses everything he eats.
Prolagus, all of those pages, and tags in general, are in our plans for dusting and straightening.
chained_bear, thanks for the suggestion about linking to comments instead of the entry summary page. I'll propose to the team that we perhaps allow users to choose whether to default to the entry summary page or the entry comment page. Most of our users just come for definitions, so they would still see the expected results, while the regular visitors like you could automatically see the comments pages where the conversations and annotations are happening. But, as I say, I have to propose it, we have to discuss it, and the UI-thinkers and the DB-thinkers and the user-flow-thinkers have to come to a consensus that it's a good idea. Too much inside baseball? I dunno.
Spam is indeed a problem, as it is for all of the Internet. We're killing oodles of spam accounts and spam comments (so satisfying!), much which nobody ever sees but the spammer and I. For now, you can send an email to email@example.com or just remark upon the spam where you find it, and then we'll find it, too. I think grandmaster John wants to do some kind of "flag this" icon in the UI but it would definitely be down the pike a spell before we see it.
hernesheir, we're on it. Somebody is up to high jinks, testing to see how well our inputs are sanitized in word URLs. I've opened a support ticket for it. Both of your recent comments are the same issue.
chained_bear, I also opened a support ticket for the issue where sentences are showing that do not illustrate the word for which they appear.
Hill7, I believe this is what you want: the online Dictionary of Scots Language (one of my favorite online dictionaries) has an entry for "kilter" which defines it as "to tilt up" and "to tumble headlong, to go head over heels, to fall," among other definitions.
PS: Wordnik's equivalent for high-threat-level bug-reporting and fixing will henceforth be the Feedback account page. That page will be monitored by multiple people throughout the day, which is not necessarily the case for the numerous other places bug reports are being left.
By the way, Wordnik's equivalent for "red-phone"-level bug-reporting and fixing will henceforth be the Feedback account page. That page will be monitored by multiple people throughout the day, which is not necessarily the case for the numerous other places bug reports are being left.
Thanks. And it seems I’ve found a way to circumvent that dot bug by editing the hidden fields on some other pronunciations page (via WebDeveloper toolbar) in such a way that the recording is posted to the right one. :-)