New words – 24 June 2013

camping noun in computer gaming, staying in one place in order to gain a strategic advantage (often in a way that is considered unfair)

I have noticed a lot of Camping going on recently, why do they do it?

[http://uk.gamespot.com 10 February 2013]

catfishing noun informal the practice of lying about yourself in an online environment in order to impress others, especially to lure someone into a relationship

Believe it or not, a little controlled catfishing is something that plenty of the Instant Message generation has experimented with, even if we’re unwilling to admit it. Really, who hasn’t tried to escape their reality by pretending to be a 17-year-old varsity baseball player in an N SYNC chat room every now and then?

[http://jezebel.com 30 January 2013]

farming noun in a computer game, carrying out repetitive actions in the same area, for example repeatedly attacking someone, in order to build up points

Game Front has also made clear that it believed the ‘farming’ of resources within Dead Space 3 should not be equated with in-game purchases.

[www.bbc.co.uk 07 February 2013]

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5 thoughts on “New words – 24 June 2013

  1. Hello contributing authors,

    I really appreciate all of you taking the time to share your expertise on this blog. I absolutely adore it! As a writer, this is one of my favorite resources to double check my definitions and to expand my vocabulary. I look forward to reading future posts.

    To Your Success,
    Stacie Walker

    1. Griselda

      I agree with Stacy. Thanks a lot for sharing your expertise and knowledge with all of us, This has become one of my most useful resources when preparing my lessons on vocabulary for my students and for expanding my range of vocabulray when translating articles.

      Warm hugs!

      Griselda.

  2. I assume “catfishing” comes from the fact that catfish, as bottom-feeders, often hide in clouds of muddy water, only occasionally revealing themselves. This behavior has led to the popular image of the catfish as a wily operator, a view especially popular in the American South, where the fish is common.

    The popular image has not prevented catfish from being widely farmed in flooded fields and becoming an affordable staple of life in the US, especially in the south and in African-American communities.

    Why “cat” fish? Since they live in waters with poor visibility, they have highly sensitive flaps of skin extending around their mouths called “barbles,” which look like a cat’s whiskers.

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