Events ("What?")

animation
the making of animated cartoons
 
plunk
a hollow twanging sound
 
auto-da-fe
the burning to death of heretics (as during the Spanish Inquisition)
 
party game
a game to amuse guests at a party
 
gantlet
a form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim
 
trente-et-quarante
a card game in which two rows of cards are dealt and players can bet on the color of the cards or on which row will have a count nearer some number
 
shipwreck
an irretrievable loss
 
bounce
rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)
 
dermabrasion
removal of scars or tattoos by anesthetizing the skin surface and then sanding or scraping off some of the outer skin layer
 
block vote
a vote proportional in magnitude to the number of people that a delegate represents
 
snobbism
the trait of condescending to those of lower social status
 
politeness
the act of showing regard for others
 
conferment
the act of conferring an honor or presenting a gift
 
short selling
sale of securities or commodity futures not owned by the seller (who hopes to buy them back later at a lower price)
 
phone-in
a program in which the audience participates by telephone
 
blow
an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
 
urging
insistent solicitation and entreaty
 
Holy Communion
the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist
 
nautch
an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
 
smelling
the act of perceiving the odor of something
 
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