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New words – 15 December 2014

December 15, 2014

cinderella_surgery

cinderella surgery noun cosmetic surgery to the feet

We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

[www.dailymail.co.uk 25 April 2014]

 

 

nocebo noun a harmless substance that creates harmful side effects in patients (as a result of the patient believing it to be harmful)

Some patients may develop symptoms and side effects purely because they’ve been told about them, known as the so-called ‘nocebo effect’.

[http://www.health24.com/ 01 April 2014]

fear extinction therapy noun a post-traumatic stress treatment that involves reliving a traumatic event in safe conditions in order to unlearn an automatic feeling of alarm

The problem is that ‘fear extinction’ therapy […] works well with recent memories but not so well with deeply entrenched, long-term horrors.

[Smithsonian (US culture and science magazine) May 2014]

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New words – 8 December 2014

December 8, 2014

reverse_showrooming

reverse showrooming noun the practice of researching a product online and then going into a store in order to buy it

Brick and mortar retailers have been noticeably on the decline over the past few years due to stiff competition from online retailers. Fortunately, ‘reverse showrooming’ is helping these many retailers develop an all new strategy for to [sic] responding to many of these challenges.

[www.fusionrms.com 14 April 2014]

the reputation economy idiom the purchase and sale of services based on a consumer’s or vendor’s reputation, which is determined by consumer evaluations of a business or vendor evaluations of a consumer

It’s this interesting new relationship between consumers and business. We’re calling it the reputation economy, and the street goes both ways.

[WNYC/PRI: The Takeaway (news and information) 09 May 2014]

digital redlining idiom discrimination against a customer by a business based on ratings the customer received in the past

The White House […] had a big-data report that was out last week that specifically calls for new privacy laws to combat, potentially, discrimination by data, and there’s a new term that’s coming out for this, which is ‘digital redlining’.

[WNYC/PRI: The Takeaway (news and information) 09 May 2014]

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New words – 1 December 2014

December 1, 2014

SOLE

SOLE abbreviation self-organized learning environment; an environment in which learners use technology to teach themselves collaboratively without a teacher

An excellent SOLE Toolkit is available to download for free from the TED website, which provides a framework for primary school children between the ages of 8–12 years old.

[http://noseyparka.me.uk/ 08 April 2014]

FTW abbreviation slang for the win; internet abbreviation indicating enthusiastic emphasis

Kongregate Recruitment for Akatsuki (naruto FTW!), post your thoughts on the discussion board or read fellow gamers’ opinions.

[www.kongregate.com 13 April 2014]

OP abbreviation original poster; used to denote the first person who writes on an online thread

Holy crap… because of your link, people replied to the original post from 5 months ago and the OP saw it and agreed to do
a new one.

[www.reddit.com 22 April 2014]

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New words – 24 November 2014

November 24, 2014

pedtext

ped-text verb to text someone while walking

I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

[WNYC: Brian Lehrer Show (politics and current affairs) 15 April 2014]

 

 

kill switch noun a facility which renders a handset useless if it is stolen

Authorities have been urging tech firms to take steps to help curb phone theft and argued that a kill-switch feature can help resolve the problem.

[www.bbc.co.uk 20 June 2014]

beacon noun a device installed somewhere, usually a shop, that sends alerts to mobiles in the vicinity

If the writing was not on the wall already that the use of proximity-aware beacons was the future of retail, now we have some data to back it up.

[http://techcrunch.com 17 June 2014]

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New words – 10 November 2014

November 10, 2014

smartgun

smart gun noun a gun with various technologies, such as proximity sensors and biometrics, that are intended to improve gun safety

The so called ‘smart gun’ has recently been causing tension in both the EU and US firearms industries.

[www.bbc.co.uk 23 May 2014]

 

barrel bomb noun a type of improvised explosive device made from explosives packed into a barrel

Since the end of 2013, government forces have waged a deadly aerial campaign in the city using barrel bombs, allowing them to make several gains.

[www.bbc.co.uk 28 April 2014]

The Syrian air force has used so-called ‘barrel bombs’ dropped from aircraft to try to put down a rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.

[www.bbc.co.uk 30 May 2014]

genericide noun the use of a brand name to mean a class of similar items and the consequent dilution of that brand name’s potency

Cue rival businesses, circling the exposed brand and swooping to attach its powerful name to their own products. And if they can convince intellectual property judges that they are entitled to use it because it’s now an everyday word, that trademark is dead and buried – the victim of ‘genericide’.

[www.bbc.co.uk (Simon Tulett) 28 May 2014]

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New words – 27 October 2014

October 27, 2014

highfrequency trading

high-frequency trading noun a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums

Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of [sic] basic arguments over its impact on markets and investors.

[http://www.businessweek.com/ 01 April 2014]

dark pool noun a private stock market, usually owned by a major financial institution

The dark pool is not required to report whatever happens to it in real time to the world outside of it.

[WNYC: Leonard Lopate Show (culture and information) 23 April 2014]

Nisa noun a new version of the ISA, a UK tax-free savings scheme

‘Nisa’ rules come into effect from July, but there is still confusion over the time limits for topping up fixed-rate cash Isas.

[www.telegraph.co.uk 12 May 2014]

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New words – 20 October 2014

October 20, 2014

lifetracking

life tracking noun the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

[Tikker] is the latest – and perhaps the creepiest – device in the tech-driven trend toward what is called life tracking.

[AARP The Magazine (US over-50s magazine) June 2014]

 

IoT abbreviation internet of things; appliances and devices that connect wirelessly to the Internet to receive instructions from users

Like most tech that the government chooses to invest in, I have a sinking feeling that the PM couldn’t actually define the IoT.

[PC pro (UK special interest magazine) June 2014]

spim noun spam that is delivered via internet messaging

One of the most effective ways for you to protect yourself from Spim is to block messages from people, who are not on your buddy list, or to create a permission list and only allow messages from those you put on it.

[http://www.compuchenna.co.uk/ 03 April 2014]

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