New words – 16 March 2015


workie noun informal someone doing unpaid work experience

The Indy website is largely run by young journalists on short contracts, or even none at all, as an email sent out last year looking for an unpaid ‘workie’ to moderate the website showed.

[Private Eye (UK satirical magazine) 08 August 2014]


precrastinate verb to do a task well in advance of a deadline simply in order to cross an item off a to-do list. The task may well be a displacement activity for another more urgent and more onerous task.

To procrastinate or to precrastinate? Let’s put off the decision!

[ 23 July 2014]

the substitution myth noun the belief that replacing part of a job a person does with a computer or machine will not change how people do their work

What we have found through research is that the substitution myth is in fact a myth, that when you hand over some aspect of work to a computer you change the fundamental nature of the work.

[WNYC: Leonard Lopate Show (culture and society interviews) 30 September 2014]

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  2. Emily Bianchi Bazzi

    Hello I lope this blog and find it useful. To make it more useful still, could you subject index it, so we can easily find old blogs, which are still just as useful? Thanks Emily

    On 16 March 2015 at 07:00, About Words – Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

  3. Mahdi

    Hi, first of all i’m sorry for putting comment here, i didn’t really know where can i write my question; if here isn’t right place for my question please introduce forum or site for this. But my question is, At your British site for “albino” you have said this word has a derived word called “albino”;
    my question is: I don’t know how can one word would have had one derived Word just like itself, i mean both of them is wrote “albino”. i googled but i couldn’t found any answer.
    Thank you very match.

  4. Mateusz

    Hi Mahdi,
    I’m not sure if this is what you meant, but the first “albino” at the website you mentioned is a noun, while the second one is an adjective – e.g. you can say “My kangaroo is an albino” (=noun) or “I have an albino kangaroo” (=adjective).
    Greetings from Poland.

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