New words – 2 April 2012

couch commerce noun the buying of goods online from the home

Above, you can see an intriguing graph from Compuware APM that shows a kind of kooky new trend in shopping this holiday season, something the researchers are calling ‘couch commerce.’
[ 5 Dec 2011]

dark green adjective describes a financial product that avoids investing in unethical companies

Dark green funds avoid investing in companies involved in unethical activities such as the arms industry, animal testing and tobacco.
[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 15 Oct 2011]

Goldilocks planet noun a planet with temperatures in the habitable zone for humans, i.e. not too hot and not too cold

In short, a so-called Goldilocks planet fit to be inhabited by the biochemical likes of us.
[New York Times (US broadsheet) 03 Dec 2011]

light green adjective describes a financial product that invests only in companies that have a positive ethical and ecological bias

Light green funds, meanwhile, take a positive screening approach, investing in companies that make a positive environmental contribution such as those involved with renewable energy, recycling and water management.
[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 15 Oct 2011]

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