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Copley Square, a neighborhood of Boston
135* · Orin Calls Hal
Orin uses it to mean a native of Phoenix, but the Phoenicians were actually an ancient culture who founded the city of Carthage.
the four Sundays preceding Christmas
137 · TK
a suburb of Boston about eighteen miles from the city
138 · State Farm E-mail
blood-alcohol of .3+
If "legally drunk" is now .08 in many states, it's fair to say this guy was hammered
fifteen pounds short of a ton
about 165.3 pounds
a little over 66 pounds
140 · Hal's First Film Commentary
Latin abbreviation for videlicet, meaning "that is to say"
read his or her rights, from the Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona (1965)
142 · Helen's Only Published Article
undoubtedly named for Robert Koffler Jarvik (born 1946), inventor of the first artificial heart placed in a human being
a fashionable leather goods manufacturer
Brigham and Women's City of Boston Hospital
a real hospital, now affiliated with Harvard Medical School
144 (1) · Québecois Terrorist Groups
Les Fils de Montcalm
French: Sons of Montcalm. Probably referring to Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Gozon, Marquis de Saint-Veran (1712-1759), French general during the French and Indian War who presided over the fall of Québec.
144 (2) · Decline of Videophony
of or pertaining to a diminutive human being
a type of hat (a "boater") made of straw
common name for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Company
having a chemical valance of three
To vector is to direct the position of (an airplane).
By context, it would seem this word is a synonym for aglet.
shifty or sneaky
Loosely, it means "feeling badly about how one looks."
plural of "snafu," a military acronym for "situation normal: all fucked up"
pretentious or showy
enthusiasm or vigor
sudden, hasty, or rash
An econometrist is an economist who uses statistical methods. A microeconomist is an economist who studies a smaller level of economics, i.e., firms and businesses rather than nations or international business.
Named for Ned Ludd (born Ned Ludlam), the Luddites were 19th century opposers of the Industrial Revolution.
electric zirconium jewelry
Jewelry made of zircon. Electricity can be applied to a zircon to make a lamp.
tongue scrapers designed to remove a film coat
Et cetera or etc. is Latin for "and other things." Here Wallace has translated et and left c untranslated.
fear of going outside (agoraphobia) in any place (pan-)
151* · Urine Testing
a hairline that dips down to a V-shaped point in front when the hair is pulled back
an optical instrument used to measure properties of light over a specific portion of the electromagnetic spectrum
E.M.I.T. and AbuScreen/RIA
Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay Technique; Abusecreen is a brand name of drug test, and RIA stands for radioimmunoassay, "a procedure that measures minute amounts of a substance, such as a hormone or drug, by quantitating the binding, or the inhibition of binding, of a radiolabeled substance to an antibody" (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition).
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cubic centimeter, equal to 0.001 liters
a type of boat sail, seen here
a university in Malibu, Calif.
A derrick is "a jib crane having a boom hinged near the base of the mast so as to rotate about the mast, for moving a load toward or away from the mast by raising or lowering the boom" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
a level worked by foot
special effects in film
a Swiss camera manufacturer
moving with a wave-like motion
a chemical derived from petroleum or natural gas
sprong is Dutch for "to leap or bound"
The name of the game is based on the same root as eschatology, i.e., the study of the end of the world.
There is no such German word.
by the skin of his teeth
Emulsion is colloidal suspension of one liquid in another.
first derivatives in calculus
three Canadians copulating on a snowmobile
pants hemmed too high
free of charge
Latin for "from the chair" and referring to the doctrine of papal infallibility on matters of faith and morals
great brilliance or conspicuous success
exhibiting childlike simplicity
FIENDS IN HUMAN SHAPE
how a Memphis newspaper described Union soldiers during the Civil War
a section of Boston
of or pertaining to a person's birth
Marcus Junius Brutus (85-42 BC) was the most famous assassin of Julius Caesar (100-44 BC).
Latin for "go with me," this is a book for quick reference
172 · TENNIS AND THE FERAL PRODIGY
a person who loads and unloads cargo from boats
almost 25 miles
formants and fricatives, trochaically stressed
A format is, according to Wikipedia, "a peak in an acoustic frequency spectrum which results from the resonant frequencies of any acoustic system." A fricative is a phoneme produced by forcing air through tight lips. In English, fricatives are /s/, /z/, /th/, and /zh/. Trochaically means spoken in trochees, or a metrical foot on two syllables with the stress on the first (the word "trochee" is a trochee).
An aperture is an opening; here it is probably referring to the anus.
a film by Federico Fellini
incapable of being stretched
a skin cleaner marketed by Procter & Gamble
not a drug currently marketed in the U.S.
Magnesium sulfate, used to relieve pain, among other uses.