born-again Muslim \ noun: a person newly preoccupied with
all things Islam. "On the subway, a kid had Cat Stevens blaring
out of his headphones, a woman was buried in a history of the Taliban,
and a guy was reading the Koran," says Allen Pearl, editor of The
Pearl Files, a gossip newsletter. "I was surrounded by born-again
burka \ noun: the significant other you don't really like
but can't seem to get rid of. "Hey, Maria, where's your burka tonight?"
"His cat is sick."
Cheney \ verb: to hide out till trouble passes. "I'll be
in the cafeteria Cheney-ing," ad rep Geoff Fowler tells his secretary
(perhaps once too often). "I'll be back in a few hours, or a few
days, or never." Synonym: to Laden.
Delta Force \ verb: to accomplish a difficult task with
stealth and surgical precision, to get in -- and out -- quick. Faced
with a long, muddled story, one magazine editor vowed, "I'll just
Delta Force it."
9/11'd \ adj.: Wall Street term to describe a portfolio
thrown into chaos by the post-September 11 economy. "The stocks've
been 9/11'd -- shit's down," explains one broker.
'thraxed \ adj.: stricken, ill, hungover. "I'm too sick
to come to work today," says a Carroll Gardens resident. "I'm 'thraxed."
weaponized \ adj.: describing an ordinary thing put to
evil purposes. "I think it was just weaponized sex -- she only slept
with me to get back at her ex-boyfriend." Seems (fingers crossed)
to be going out of fashion.