Posts Tagged ‘English’


New words – 27 April 2015

April 27, 2015


e-juice noun the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways

Contestants…suck on a modified vaper until they’ve filled their chest cavity with enough vaporised nicotine “e-juice” to shoot out a belch of white smoke upwards of 4ft long.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 22 April 2015]


cartomizer noun a disposable cartridge with an atomizer inside, used in e-cigarettes

Cartomizer tanks are like other ecigarette and vaping products in the way that they differ in prices.

[ 28 October 2014]

analog cigarette noun a tobacco cigarette (used to distinguish it from an e-cigarette)

Does even the smell of an analog cigarette make you want to puke nowadays?

[ 11 December 2014]

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New words – 20 April 2015

April 20, 2015


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.

[ 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.

[ 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 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.

[ 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.’

[ 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.

[ 02 August 2014]

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New words – 6 April 2015

April 6, 2015


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.

[ 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.

[ 07 July 2014]

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New words – 30 March 2015

March 30, 2015


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.

[ 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.

[ 02 December 2014]

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The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

March 25, 2015

by Kate Woodford​​​​
This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both.

Starting with verbs for walking slowly, if we stroll, we walk slowly and in a relaxed way, usually for pleasure: They were strolling along the shore, holding hands. The noun ‘stroll’ is also used: We went for a stroll down near the river. (The adjective ‘leisurely’, meaning ‘relaxed and without hurrying’ is often used before the noun: We were just enjoying a leisurely stroll in the sunshine.) A slightly less common verb with a very similar meaning is saunter: He sauntered by, without a care in the world. Read the rest of this entry ?


New words – 23 March 2015

March 23, 2015


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.

[ 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.

[ 12 August 2014]

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