New words 25 June 2012June 25, 2012
biophony noun the combined sounds of the biological world – animals, birds, and insects
Each voice in the animal orchestra can be heard. I call that a biophany, it’s the heart of the soundscape that comes from [...] an organic natural world.
[WNYC: Soundcheck (music) 12 March 2012]
brosiery noun pantyhose for men
Franceso Cavallini [...] told Women’s Wear Daily last week that there is ‘a cult following for mantyhose,’ also called ‘brosiery’ and guylons.’
[New York Times (US broadsheet) 11 March 2012]
calm tech noun computer programs that are designed to filter out stress-inducing electronic distractions
But the best calm tech, Moraveji argues, will work less like Valium and more like mindfulness meditation, strengthening our self-awareness [...]
[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 7 Jan 2012]
frictionless sharing noun a form of automatic information sharing on social media sites whereby a user’s activities – for instance listening to music – are automatically shared on their page
In a way, frictionless sharing works like a lazy ‘Like’ button. But, as everyone knows, just because you read something doesn’t mean you endorse it.
[www.montrealgazette.com 20 Jan 2012]
‘Frictionless sharing takes things further still, letting friends on Facebook see everything you’re reading on newspaper websites for example,’ says Newman.
[www.bbc.co.uk 30 Jan 2012]