New words – 23 July 2012July 23, 2012
culturonomics noun a field of research that uses computer data-crunching techniques to examine cultural phenomena
English continues to grow – the 2011 Culturonomics paper suggested a rate of 8,500 new words a year.
[www.wsj.com (Wall Street Journal online) 16 March 2012]
Janopause noun the practice of abstaining from alcohol for the month of January
Are you a fan of the ‘Janopause’ detox? The British Liver Trust has poured cold water on the practice of giving up alcohol for January. Tell us your thoughts.
[www.guardian.co.uk 2 Jan 2012]
Marchuary noun a January or February that is so warm, it resembles March
I’m loving Marchuary. Too bad it won’t last.
[http://forums2.gardenweb.com 10 Jan 2012]
perma-camper noun a homeless person who lives in his or her vehicle, often a minivan
What you find when you talk to perma-campers is that they’re often affectionate about their vehicles. The way they see things, living in a vehicle is a way to stay in control of their lives.
[NPR: All Things Considered (news) 12 March 2012]