New words – 14 May 2012May 14, 2012
lights-out machine noun a machine controlled by a computer that does not require a human operator or supervision and can operate throughout the night
John Hill’s 30 employees design and assemble plastic injection molds. That requires direct labor. The company does use lights-out machines to make the parts for those molds.
[WNYC: Marketplace (NPR, financal news) 1 Dec 2011]
lit flick noun informal a film adapted from a novel of some literary merit
Classic lit flick: Stanley Kubrick’s one-time banned A Clockwork Orange starring Malcolm McDowell
[www.metro.co.uk 8 Nov 2011]
negawatt noun a notional unit of power which represents the amount of energy saved through a particular measure
Energy conservation has been dubbed the fifth fuel. Negawatt is environmental scientist Amory Lovin’s term for a unit of energy saved.
[The Observer (UK broadsheet) 6 Nov 2011]
POP noun an acronym that stands for ‘persistent organic pollutant’
In what concentrations those POPs will end up climbing the food chain scientists don’t yet know.
[Natural History (US natural history magazine) Oct. 2011]