New words – 2 May 2011

bootloader noun a small computer program that places the operating system of a computer into memory

What, you might ask, is the difference? You discover this pretty much as soon as you start up. There’s that brief flash of the bootloader – MS-DOS has never really gone away, has it? – and then you’re in Windows. [www.guardian.co.uk 23 Nov 2010]

keylogger noun a piece of software that records keystrokes

Spyware Doctor is an advanced spyware removal utility that detects and cleans thousands of potential spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers and tracking threats from your PC. Available in Majorgeeks store at discounted pricing. [www.majorgeeks.com 26 Nov 2010]

rootkit noun a piece of software that enables secret access to a computer

Ad-Aware Free anti-malware features comprehensive real-time protection against spyware, trojans, rootkits, hijackers, keyloggers, and much more that won’t slow your computer down. [www.majorgeeks.com 26 Nov 2010]

side-scrolling adjective refers to action in computer games that is viewed from a side-angle camera

Exploration quests feature prominently, there are plenty of collectibles and each level is followed by a side-scrolling episode in the style of Steamboat Willie. [www.guardian.co.uk 25 Nov 2010]

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2 thoughts on “New words – 2 May 2011

  1. Mo

    I purchased the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary from Apple for my iphone. The description stated that new expressions and words such as 9/11 are contained on this dictionary. I tried it out and there is no 9/11 listed! I was further disappoined to find that the word “pareidolla” meaning “simulacra” is not listed. I googled the internet and found that “pareidolla” is not a particularly obscure word. Nor can I find a way to create my own list of words that may not be included in your dictionary.

    Please let me know why it is excluded or missed out from your dictionary.
    Thank you,
    Mo

    Sent from my iPhone

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