Turkish Delight - A slightly gummy sweet that comes in one of several colors - e.g., yellow (lemon), light green (lime), red (cherry) ... .
culture shock - Social disorientation/anxiety in a new environment.
bathrobe - A big body "cloak" of absorbent material used to dry oneself after a bath or shower
accoutrements - A collection of items used for a particular task.
barge one's way in - to enter rudely or improperly without permission
D2D - "Design to Demise," referring to the design of items that are supposed to disintegrate or burn up during reentry
SPQR - The Roman Senate, basically.
Richthofen, Manfred von - 1892-1918. "The Red Baron" - German WWI flying ace.
Wharton School - Very prestigious Ivy League business school. Undergraduate and graduate divisions.
you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs - You can't have everything good without sacrifice
ritual - Sometimes, a formalized habitual action.
internal conflict - When a literary character struggles with inner problems, such as thoughts or emotions.
Baby Huey - Comic-book character, originated in 1949, but after a long run faded into obscurity decades ago.
house telephone - A telephone that connects only from the hotel lobby to a location in that hotel.
blue-pencil - To edit. Since word-processing, one no longer edits with a blue-colored pencil, but the verb is still understood.
portulaca - Hardy, colorful, low-lying "ordinary" flower that spreads
crust - A thick substance (usually on pizza) that is crunchy and tastes good
bishop - Formal title given to a senior level among Christian clergy.
String Bean - a term applied to a skinny person. Neutral to affectionate - whereas "fatso" is almost always pejorative.
coerce - To harass
Inchon - Successful American September 1950 surprise amphibious landing against the North Koreans that led to a string of American victories.
crust - The thick/firm outer edges of a bread product.
lachanophobia - the fear of vegetables
coed - A female college undergraduate
TFCTU - Thanks For Clearing That Up
Crockett, Davy - 1786-1836; American folk hero/frontiersman/patriot. Killed at the Alamo.
On the house - Free of charge
remnants - leftover objects from a project
portholes - Those little round windows lining the sides of a ship
Columbia - Big river in the Northwestern US