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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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New words – 13 October 2014

October 13, 2014

spoonula

spoonula noun a cooking implement that is a combination of a spoon and a spatula

Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook on low-medium, scraping and folding the mixture with a silicone spoonula (I love this one).

[thehhouseblog.com 06 April 2014]

 

clean eating noun the dietary practice of avoiding processed, refined foods and eating fresh wholefoods

Take BuzzFeed’s Clean Eating Challenge, Feel Like A Champion At Life

[www.buzzfeed.com 07 May 2014]

nanofood noun food containing nanoparticles of silver to prevent spoilage and prolong shelf life

‘Major food companies are investing billions in nanofood and nanopackaging,’ Friends of the Earth stated in a 2014 report.

[m.motherjones.com 11 June 2014]

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New words – 6 October 2014

October 6, 2014

pollenvortex

pollen vortex noun extremely high levels of pollen caused by the simultaneous blooming of trees and grass as a result of the prolonged and harsh winter

Allergy season is the worst. And in case you haven’t heard, this year’s allergy season is going to be the worst of the worst, with a ‘pollen vortex’ set to torture us all for a full two weeks straight. A pollen VORTEX, people — this is no joke.

[www.phillymag.com 23 April 2014]

fire ice noun methane hydrate, a potential fuel source found under ocean beds and layers of permafrost

Otherwise known as fire ice, methane hydrate presents as ice crystals with natural methane gas locked inside.

[www.bbc.co.uk 17 April 2014]

fracktivist noun an anti-fracking campaigner

Teenage dramatics and fracktivist rhetoric make for a scary combination.

[www.youtube.com 06.05.14]

We can’t live in Colorado when our elected officials that are paid by your tax dollars are not working on behalf of you and the environment of Colorado,’ said fracktivist leader Shane Davis, who acts as the film’s narrator. ‘We’ve got a huge struggle. We have a compromise bill that Jared Polis is happily accepting.’

[thecoloradoobserver.com 12 June 2014]

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New words – 29 September 2014

September 29, 2014

loomband

loom band noun a very small, brightly-coloured rubber band which is woven together with others in a variety of configurations to make bracelets and other items

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a loom band bracelet on her recent trip to New Zealand, and David Beckham, One Direction’s Harry Styles and the Duchess of Cornwall have done the same.

[www.bbc.co.uk 25.06.14]

velaterapia noun a treatment for split ends that involves burning the hair and which originated in Brazil

Brazilian model Barbara Fialho, who has walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret, swears by velaterapia – a procedure which uses an open flame to burn off spit ends.

[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ 17.06.14]

normcore noun a fashion trend for bland, undistinguished clothes

Normcore is the antithesis of the highly stylized, dark-denim, vintage-tee hipster look.

[www.vox.com 16.04.14]

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