New words – 15 September 2014


cryptocurrency noun a generic term for bitcoin-type e-currencies

Why are cryptocurrencies valuable? In the case of Bitcoin, because it was the first and is by far the largest, receiving the majority of monetary and media attention, with the one harmoniously building the other.


[ 15 February 2014]

life-tracking adjective describes wearable gadgets which record daily activities, such as exercise and sleep, and also keep a record of things done during the day, for example the number of photos the wearer takes

Sony Mobile president and CEO Kuni Suzuki took the stage at the tail end of Sony’s CES press conference to show off what he called ‘the tiniest gadget Sony has ever made’ — the life-tracking Sony Core.

[ 07 January 2014]

doxxing noun the activity of publicly revealing someone’s identity and other personal information online

This kind of outing, known as ‘doxxing’, involves scouring the Internet for personal data […] and then publicly linking that information to the perpetrator’s transgression.

[New York Times Magazine (US news magazine) 19 January 2014]

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