New words – 25 April 2011

hacktivist noun someone who hacks into computer data as a form of activism

Internet hacktivists have fired the latest salvo in the Wikileaks infowar.
[www.bbc.co.uk 07 Dec 2010]

slacktivist noun informal someone whose activist activities are confined to signing online petitions, etc.

Hey reddit, let’s show these stupid Facebook slacktivist (sic)that what they do doesn’t help raise awareness or anything and donate to their cause. [www.reddit.com 12 Dec 2010]

twitpic noun a picture posted as a Tweet

Victoria Beckham joins Twitter, posting twitpics of her fashion shows and her dogs, signing off with ‘in love and light, VBx’. [The Times (UK broadsheet) 18 Dec 2010]

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4 thoughts on “New words – 25 April 2011

  1. Harry

    I can remember when coinages like this were associated exclusively with US media in general and TIME magazine in particular. (In the ’50s and ’60s, it was often referred to as “TIME-speak.”) But blending familiar terms in a clever, concise coinage creates so many useful words, especially in the computer age, that it’s become a game everyone can play.

  2. raul

    Words are like all living creatures on the earth. One day they are born, they grow up and develop and eventually they die and that is what happens with languages. The world of science and technology requires many new words and many of them are coined from different fields of learning.

    Cambridge online is great dictionary.
    Kind regards from Havana

  3. Arjoo

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  4. Arjoo

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