Friday, 7 October 2011

Word of the week #23


This week, we're not going to be looking at a word so much as an expression. It is one that will be very important to this blog over the coming few months, even if it won't quite be used in its normal context. It does capture the vibe of secrecy, mystery and paranoia that is so very important to the feature it is attached to, though. I thought it might be cool to explain the term's origins, given how prominent it is going to be around here in the near future.

On the off-chance you haven't guessed what it is yet, maybe come back here this Sunday. If you have guessed, it will still be worth a look.

Your word of the week is...
 
Dead Drop 

Noun: An object or piece of intelligence hidden by an agent in a pre-arranged location, for collection by a second party at a later date. A live drop involves both parties making the exchange in person.

Example: 'The British agent left the microfilm in a dead drop at St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, praying his handler would collect it before it was too late.'

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