Posts Tagged ‘English’


New words – 24 February 2014

February 24, 2014

smartwatch noun a watch that can be used as a computer or phone, with a small keyboard

And Lee Young Hee, the company’s executive vice president, confirmed earlier this year that Samsung would be developing a smartwatch.

[ 09 August 2013]

Gameboy back noun a spinal problem in children caused by overuse of gaming consoles

Rise of the ‘Gameboy Back’: Children are developing curvature of the spine because they hunch over consoles and smartphones

[ (title) 12 August 2012]

midcore adjective describes video games that are midway on the cline between hardcore and casual

While iOS games started out as either simple physics or casual simulation titles when the platform launched about five years ago, the bar has gotten steadily higher and more hard-core. Midcore studios like Kabam started to rise in prominence.

[ 25 July 2013]

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New words – 17 February 2014

February 17, 2014

footsie noun informal a photograph of one’s own foot

Love the footsie!

[Heard in conversation (girl, teens) 13 August 2013]

legsie noun informal a photograph of one’s own legs

But holiday social media photos brings another phenomenon – the legsie. Photos, typically taken by the pool or beach, of the bottom half of our legs (as an example see my legs poolside in Miami in the photo above).

[ 03 August 2013]

Oversharers beware, not everyone wants constant updates on your summer break. Try to hold back from the selfies, the legsies and all those smug hashtags.

[ 31 July 2013]

~ adjective slang online symbol used before a noun to show that you do not think that something is really what it purports to be

Recently, I’ve noticed increased usage of the tilde, used online to signify disdain at a word or concept: ‘Perez Hilton’s ~journalism’, ‘David Cameron’s ~caring policies’, and so on.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 16 September 2013]

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New words – 10 February 2014

February 10, 2014

nomophobia noun informal, humorous fear of being without one’s mobile phone

Two-thirds of us apparently now suffer from nomophobia – a fear of having no mobile phone.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 12 August 2013]

By the way, if you happen to know of anyone who needs a search engine marketing company to lead SEM and SEO campaigns for healthcare providers ranging from outpatient clinics to 800 bed hospitals, reach out to me! My self-diagnosed nomophobia ensures that the response will be rapid!

[ 16 July 2013]

phone stack noun cell phones placed in a stack and left unused when the owners are in a social situation, such as dinner with friends at a restaurant

The phone stack game is a lighthearted way for friends to police against boorish behavior when eating out.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 22 September 2013]

Qi noun a wireless protocol for charging electronic devices such as smartphones

In the future, magnetic resonance technology could allow charging of multiple devices at a greater range for the charger than the Qi standard of 1.6 inches.

[Car and Driver (US automotive magazine) Aug. 2013]

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New words – 3 February 2014

February 3, 2014

bioartificial adjective created using cells and biological materials

Dr. D’Lima [...] has already made bioartificial cartilage in cow tissue, modifying an old inkjet printer to put down layer after layer of a gel containing living cells.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 20 August 2013]

biomechatronics noun the study and development of prosthetic devices that are controlled by signals from a person’s nerves and muscles

To Hugh Herz, a biophysicist and engineer who is director of the biomechatronics group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, prosthetics are improving so quickly that he predicts disabilities will be largely eliminated by the end of the 21st century.

[Smithsonian (US science and society magazine) Sep. 2013]

bioprinting noun the process of printing layers of cells to create tissue

At labs around the world, researchers have been experimenting with bioprinting, [...] trying to make cartilage, bone, skin, blood vessels, small bits of liver and other tissues.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 20 August 2013]

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New words – 27 January 2014

January 27, 2014

infobesity noun information overload

The ‘follow’ feature has obvious benefits: engagement, notifications and, in the days of ‘infobesity,’ it’s a great way to tailor one’s experience to their needs and interests

[ 06 July 2013]

lifelogging noun the recording on video of one’s daily activities, usually with the use of wearable technology

Love Lifelogging? Storica App Takes To Kickstarter To Fund Desktop Expansion

[ 12 Aug 2013]

oversharer noun someone who gives away too much information about themselves, in a way that is embarrassing or boring

Try not to tell the world your house will be empty if you’re the sort of oversharer who tweets the view from your bedroom window or similar.

[ 31 July 2013]

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New words – 20 January 2014

January 20, 2014

carbicide noun humorous the act of eating too many carbs

Newsflash! Cheryl Cole commits carbicide just like we do: ‘I allow myself one cheat day and love cupcakes, doughnuts… basically anything that’s really bad for you’, star says.

[ 11 Sept 2013]

Pre-event day was filled with preparations and last minute shopping (I ran out of chamois balm) as well as the essential carb-loading (lots of rice, I’m guilty of carbicide!).

[ 05 Sept 2013]

fatberg noun a huge lump of cooking fat mixed with other non-food waste, discovered in the sewers of London

He warned of the dangers of ‘fatbergs,’ saying that Thames Water was trying to spread the message of ‘bin it and don’t block it’.

[ 06 Aug 2013]

haloodie noun informal a foodie who only eats halal food

Welcome to the world of the haloodie.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet: headline) 28 Sept 2013]

slam nom verb slang to eat something quickly and greedily

They’re gonna make sure we don’t get in to a whole righting the Wright wrong ‘who invented flying’ situation again where you let some brothers gang up on a guy because his name is ‘Dick’ Pearse. Most likely, they’ll be the people who slam nom the most BurgerFuel over the next few weeks.

[ 04 July 2013]

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New words – 13 January 2014

January 13, 2014

Chipster noun a Chicano hipster

Next door is Eastside Luv, a sleek bar that attracts younger patrons whom some call Chipsters, for Chicano hipsters,

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 18 Aug. 2013]

Cubanization noun a situation where cars are kept for many years and people rarely purchase a new one

If we push too hard, we risk Cubanization of the fleet, where it is better to keep old cars than buy expensive new ones.

[Car and Driver (US automotive magazine) Aug. 2013]

nuts to butts idiom informal in a way that is very crowded

I understand the tenets of capitalism and the desire to make money. I get that more money can be made by packing people into these places ‘nuts to butts’.

[ 23 July 2013]

Such a mix of product, and when a container combusts, no one seems to know what’s in it or what class fire it is. Since they’re stacked nuts to butts, you’d be hard pressed to open one, let alone get to it.

[ 15 July 2013]

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New words – 6 January 2014

January 6, 2014

MPL abbreviation Modular Prosthetic Limb: an artificial hand and arm with 26 joints and 17 tiny motors that is controlled by the user’s muscles

But the MPL’s sophisticated movements are limited to the level of technology available for interfacing with the body’s nervous system.

[Smithsonian (US science and society magazine) September 2013]

novel coronavirus noun a virus that causes a severe respiratory illness known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

A hospital statement said: ‘Guy’s and St Thomas’ can confirm that the patient with severe respiratory illness due to novel coronavirus (MERS-nCV) sadly died on Friday 28 June, after his condition deteriorated despite every effort and full supportive treatment.

[ 04 July 2013]

second impact syndrome noun death as a result of two instances of concussion sustained in a short space of time

Parents’ agony as rugby player son, 14, dies from ‘second impact syndrome’ after playing on for 25 minutes following heavy collision

[ (title of article) 03 September 2012]

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New words – 30 December 2013

December 30, 2013

anklington noun a short wellington boot

Going down: Anklingtons. We’re small-c conservative in our wellie choice this summer.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 06 July 2013]

deLycrafy verb humorous to take the Lycra out of cycling, i.e. to sever its associations with Lycra-clad males and make it more mainstream

The target London wide is to double cycling in the next ten years, to de-lycra-fy it and to encourage those groups who do not cycle (partly due to fear) to do so.

[ 02 September 2013]

floordrobe noun informal a pile of clothes on the floor rather than in a wardrobe

Going down: Having a floordrobe. Aftermath of wardrobe crisis brought on by shifts in weather and trends.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 28 September 2013]

My room will not experience another clothes avalanche, resulting in a permanent floordrobe and the possibility of finding a dead mouse three months later.

[ 27 September 2013]

pep hem noun peplum hem; a deep, ruched hem at the bottom of an item of clothing, typically a dress or skirt

The pep hem.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine; caption) 12 August 2013]

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New words – 23 December 2013

December 23, 2013

data for development idiom the use of data from social networking, cellphone records, email, etc., to aid economic development and predict problems and humanitarian need in poorer countries

The efforts by Global Pulse and a growing collection of scientists at universities, companies and nonprofit groups have been given the label ‘Big Data for development.’

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 08 August 2013]

Mr. Kirkpatrick [...] began assembling a team and emphasized tightly focused projects and rapid experimentation, while traveling the world to spread the data-for-development gospel at conferences and in private meetings.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 08 August 2013]

digital detox noun a period in which a person abstains from using electronic devices such as smartphones, usually in an endeavour to lower stress levels and re-engage with the physical world

Why You Don’t Need a Digital Detox to Loosen Technology’s Grip

[ (article title) 07 August 2013]

planet hacking noun geoengineering methods intended to mitigate climate change

As climate scientists prepare to gather for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Stockholm to present the most authoritative state of climate science to date, it has emerged the Russian government is asking for ‘planet hacking’ to be included in the report

[ 22 September 2013]

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