New words – 23 September 2013

chiplet noun a very tiny electronic circuit

The technology breaks silicon wafers into tens of thousands of chiplets, bottles them as “ink” and then “prints” them, much as a Xerox laser printer puts toner on paper.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 09 April 2013]

genome editing noun the rewriting of DNA in living organisms, often for the purposes of curing illnesses

This uses a new technique called genome editing.

[BBC Radio 4 17 April 2013]

ladybro noun slang a female friend (usually of another woman)

Where was Vicky Pryce’s ladybro when she needed one?

[www.guardian.co.uk 08 April 2013]

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