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  • "Jordan is willing to exchange Sajida al-Rishawi for the Jordanian pilot. At this point we want to emphasize that we have asked for proof of life from Daesh (ISIS) and we have not received anything yet," Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said.

    - Israel National News, 29 Jan 2015.

    February 12, 2015

  • Also, is there not a list of "ransom jargon" already? I nominate bilby to create one for us (I'm sentimentally fond of the Kenyon Review, and I'm just itching to add "New Criticism" and "close reading").

    February 12, 2015

  • Which makes *me* think of food pellets. Mmmm. Delicious.

    February 11, 2015

  • I immediately thought, "still-warm pellets"

    February 11, 2015

  • In ransom jargon, something sent by a kidnapper to demonstrate that the hostage is still alive.

    February 10, 2015