New words – 13 May 2013

techno-fundamentalism noun the unquestioning embracing of all that technology has to offer, believing that it holds the answers to every problem

Techno-fundamentalism, Vaidhyanathan argues, hides the role of human bias and majority opinion in ordering how Google presents information to its users.

[ 19 Oct 2012]

telematics noun technology that involves recording the details of how a car has been driven. This technology will increasingly be used by the insurance industry.

Pundits claim that buying a telematics (sometimes known as a ‘black box’) policy could be the best way for female drivers to keep their premiums down.

[ 16 Dec 2012]

teletreat verb to examine and prescribe treatment for a patient remotely, using videoconferencing

At Kaiser Permanente, dermatologists ‘sit in a suite in San Francisco’ and teletreat patients throughout Northern California, Dr. Yellowlees said.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 9 Oct 2012]

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8 thoughts on “New words – 13 May 2013

  1. Mohammad Ahmed-jan

    Inventing new words for the sole sake of inventing new words rather than filling a vacuum is a fashionable pursuit of media-nistas (!) these days.
    A very well established and common word – telemedicine – already exists. There is no need to create monster words. Otherwise ,shortly there will be teleconsult , teleapprove, teleeducate, telecompagain ,and telegodknowswhat.

  2. A US insurance company (Progressive) is offering “telematics” under the trade name “snapshot.” This is an obvious effort to soft-pedal the intrusive nature of the technology, which records every move you make with your car. But “telematics” sounds so abstract and techno that it also masks the scary bits as well.

    We still need a better term. Playing on “black box” (mysterious technology) and “back seat driver” (automotive busy-body), I would suggest “black seat driver.”

    1. Nelida K.

      How about SDR? (has a very techno-ish ring to it, doesn’t it?). Purports to stand for shadow driver recording. Just sayin’.

  3. I found no place to suggest, So I figured I would post.
    your dictionary does not contain Copyings – the plural form of copying.

    a few references:

    1. Thank you for your suggestion. The Cambridge International Corpus is one of our main sources of new inclusions in the dictionary. In over 1 billion words of English texts, there is only 1 occurrence of ‘copyings’, suggesting its use is extremely rare, and certainly not high enough to be considered for inclusion at this time.

      1. toopid

        Hate to burst your bubble.. but since you rely on something that’s incorrect.. your results will therefore be incorrect. The rest of the world (even official government sources) uses it, lists it. recognizes it. and its the OFFICIAL plural form of the word copying. (a DUH moment here) Just J made a very valid point, and your reply is just dumb – seriously.

  4. toopid

    My apologies – it just seemed a tad daft not to adopt or include an actual word. (regardless of its common usage) I hope this helps

    copyings is a plural form of copying
    copying (repetition)

    Definition: an act of copying
    Class: act noun (acts and actions)
    Related to: copy
    Plural: copyings
    Type of: repetition » continuance » activity » human activity
    Original source: Princeton WordNet
    Examples: duplication | imitation | reproduction
    Etymology: from Medieval Latin cōpia an imitation, something copied, from Latin: abundance,…

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