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New words – 20 April 2015

April 20, 2015

dumbwalking

dumbwalking noun walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone

He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

[www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine 14 July 2014]

 

 

tech creche noun a safe where visitors to a place can deposit their mobile phones before exploring that place

The short film sees a young David Attenborough (voiced by impressionist Phil Cornwell) encourage viewers to leave the car at home and store their devices in the Tech Creche, leaving them free to enjoy the region’s majestic woodlands and coastline without digital distractions.

[www.thedrum.com 25 July 2014]

vamping noun the activity of remaining awake late into the night, usually while chatting on social networks

‘Social media is about having agency over your own life and vamping is one way to recapture that,’ said Alice Marwick, an assistant professor at Fordham University who studies the Internet and society.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 06 July 2014]

Maybe teenage behavior hasn’t changed, whether it has a new name like vamping or not.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 06 July 2014]

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New words – 13 April 2015

April 13, 2015

bio-inspiration

bio-inspiration noun the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc.

The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

[www.smithsonianmag.com 16 September 2014]

 

drought shaming noun the public shaming, often through social media, of people or companies guilty of wasting water

All across the state, people are doing their best to conserve water. But, the fight to save water has also given rise to a new phenomenon known as ‘drought shaming.’

[www.bakersfieldnow.com 30 July 2014]

plastisphere noun the discarded plastic that is now a part of our seas, rivers and lakes and, for better or worse, is developing its own ecosystem

Scientists have even coined a new term to describe it: the ‘plastisphere’ is here. In some oceanic areas the plastic is so thick that organisms have begun evolving there, as if it were a new, toxic, ecosystem. Sadly, our precious Great Lakes may not be far behind.

[http://www.thestar.com 02 August 2014]

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New words – 6 April 2015

April 6, 2015

nanorobotics

nanorobotics noun the use of extremely tiny components (measuring a nanometer or less) to make robots

Nano-robotics is gaining importance in the field of industrial robotics. It is gaining momentum in health care and other niche markets.

[www.mmtonline.in 03 July 2014]

 

glass cockpit noun a part of a vehicle filled with computer screens from which the vehicle is controlled automatically, partially or entirely by computer

We have estimates of a glass cockpit in our cars being fairly soon.

[WNYC: Lenard Lopate Show (culture and society, interviews) 30 September 2014]

We already have a sort of glass cockpit, at least in some higher-end vehicles that have adaptive cruise control.

[WNYC: Lenard Lopate Show (culture and society, interviews) 30 September 2014]

screen scraper noun a piece of software that extracts character-based information from other applications and presents it in a more user-friendly format

I was just wondering if I could use some of that data and lacking an API I wrote a little screen scraper that collects name, date and GPS coordinates.

[http://cryptoforest.blogspot.co.uk/ 07 July 2014]

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New words – 30 March 2015

March 30, 2015

stackin'p

stackin’ p idiom slang earning a lot of money

‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

[Heard in (teenage) conversation 01 July 2014]

 

 

 

Endies plural noun acronym: Employed with No Disposable Income or Savings

‘The Endies live quiet, modest lives largely hidden from view,’ the report says, making one wonder if EM Forster is truly dead or just enjoying a new life as a copywriter.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 20 September 2014]

poor door noun an alternative ‘poor’ entrance to a block of apartments for the people living in the affordable, low-rent part of the building

Multimillion pound housing developments are using ‘poor doors’, separate entrances to segregate the low-income tenants from wealthy home buyers, it has emerged.

[www.telegraph.co.uk 26 July 2014]

vishingnounvoice phishing; the practice of dishonestly obtaining details of bank accounts, etc. with the intention of stealing from them

The financial services’ anti-fraud body said cold calling scams typically involve fraudsters deceiving victims into believing they are speaking to a police officer, a member of bank staff, or a representative of another trusted organisation, such as a computer company. This type of scam is also known as vishing.

[www.dailymail.co.uk 02 December 2014]

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New words – 23 March 2015

March 23, 2015

crossfit

crossfit noun high-intensity strength training

Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch […] with two men who, like everyone else at the evening’s event, do crossfit.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 10 August 2014]

 

 

face ironing noun informal a cosmetic procedure aimed at reducing wrinkles

The Thermage treatment is also commonly known as the ‘face-ironing treatment.’ Yikes. Sound painful enough for you? But there’s a reason why stars like Gwyneth keep coming back for more. The treatment boosts collagen levels in the skin’s lower layers, creating a tightening effect to the top layer.

[http://uk.eonline.com/ 04 August 2014]

no-poo noun the practice of washing the hair without using shampoo

The ‘no-poo’ method, which involves using natural substitutes or just water in place of shampoo and conditioner, has credibility within several circles.

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

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New words – 9 March 2015

March 9, 2015

stack_sandal

stack sandal noun a type of sandal with high heels and a platform under the toes

70’s stack sandals: Kate Moss is a mega fan.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 25 August 2014]

 

 

pyjamming noun informal wearing pyjamas in a public place and posting photos on social media, usually as a charity stunt

The River Cam could be better known for punting or playing host to the Bumps – but now it is also the first site for people to go “pyjamming”. Business leaders from around the city have taken on the challenge to snap themselves on the river wearing just their pyjamas, joining the fight against youth homelessness.

[http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/ 28 July 2014]

Action for Children is calling on Bristol residents to join the fight against youth homelessness by ‘pyjamming’ too – posing in their pyjamas and sharing photos online.

[http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/ 28.07.14]

skirtini noun an all-in-one swimming costume with integral skirt

Dreading the big reveal on the beach? So was CHARLOTTE KEMP, until she discovered this summer’s answer to wobbly thighs, stretch marks and bulging love handles: the skirtini. The length of the skirt and the cut of the top has to be just perfect to flatter – but get it right and a well-chosen skirtini will totally transform how you look – and feel – on the beach this summer

[www.dailymail.co.uk/ 17 July 2014]

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New words – 2 March 2015

March 2, 2015

snapchat

snapchat verb to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat

We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now [sic] that he’s back home in England, he snapchatted me and he said ‘are you ever coming to England?’

[straightwhiteboystexting.tumblr.com
11 July 2014]

 

But if its true that I am friendzoning myself do I just ignore her and stop texting and snapchatting her altogether?

[www.girlsaskguys.com 17 July 2014]

backie noun informal a selfie that someone takes of their back

The backie. It’s the new selfie; Col. views it as marginally less narcissistic, and therefore an improvement on the orig.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 04 August 2014]

vining noun the practice of posting video loops on the short-form video sharing service Vine

Anyway, they’re trying to crack down on Vining.

[Heard in conversation (man, mid-forties) 02 July 2014]

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