nuclear forensics noun the analysis of markers in nuclear material such as the concentration of isotopes and the size of grains to determine where the material originated
The archive, […], is part of the rapidly advancing field of nuclear forensics, which aims to trace clandestine nuclear material to the nation and even the reactor it came from.
[Smithsonian (US history, science, and culture magazine) Feb. 2013]
positive procrastination noun the technique of getting things done by working on one task as a way to procrastinate and avoid doing another task
Alas, there’s no good data, and for now many self-control researchers have doubts about positive procrastination.
[New York Times (US broadsheet) 15 Jan 2013]
regrettable substitution noun an attempt to protect people from a harmful substance that results in those people being exposed to a different harmful substance
A hard-fought victory by OSHA in controlling one source of deadly fumes led workers to be exposed to something worse — a phenomenon […] lamented in government parlance as ‘regrettable substitution.’
[New York Times (US broadsheet) 31 March 2013]
xenointoxication noun the exterminating of biting insects by ingesting a substance that is poisonous to the insect and kills it when the insect bites you
Dr. Hotez’s hesitation is mostly that bedbugs […] do not cause disease, so xenointoxication seems pretty heavy-handed.
[New York Times (US broadsheet) 01 Jan 2013]
4 thoughts on “New words – 2 September 2013”
Thanks for the clarification. I would have thought that “xenointoxication” was the phenomenon feared by anti-immigration activists.
Yes, I can see how you could read it that way! I think the derivation is intoxication, or poisoning, of ‘the other’, or a foreign body.
Nuclear forensics is a noun [U] like physics, not a plural noun!
Very good point! It’s now fixed.