tech bro noun [C] UK /’tek.brəʊ/ US /’tek.broʊ/
a rich young man who works in the technology industry
The unfortunate tech bro insurgency in San Francisco continues with a guy … who has lived in the Bay Area for all of three years … and recently felt entitled enough to write the mayor and police chief about his distaste for the homeless.
[www.jezebel.com 18 February 2016]
Textalyzer noun [C] UK /ˈtekst.ᵊl.aɪz.əʳ/ US /ˈtekst.ᵊl.aɪz.ɚ/
a device that the police could use to check if a driver has been using their phone while driving
The most provocative idea, from lawmakers in New York, is to give police officers a new device that is the digital equivalent of the Breathalyzer — a roadside test called the Textalyzer.
[New York Times, 27 April 2016]
digital twin noun [C] UK /ˌdɪdʒ.ɪ.tᵊl ‘twɪn/ US /ˌdɪdʒ.ə.t̬ᵊl ‘twɪn/
a digital representation of a product or piece of equipment
Dunsdon says these “digital twins” are using information gathered during manufacture and operation to make predictions about the future.
13 thoughts on “New words – 30 January 2017”
I find your first option ‘Yes! I’ve heard/read this term a lot.’ ambiguous. Based on the explanation of the ‘new’ term, one can deem it worthy of inclusion in the Dictionary without having heard/read it.
Exactly! I find some words worth adding even though I have never heard of them before. The first option should be made clearer.
Hi Esme (and Max)
Thanks for your comments. I hope this explanation will make things clearer: For a word to be considered for inclusion in the dictionary, it needs to be used in a number of different sources over a certain period of time. We want to avoid adding words that disappear from the language very quickly, or those that are only used by a small group of people.
We will be releasing a post on this topic soon, so keep an eye out!
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This word approval process reminds me of the way Urban Dictionary’s process was about 12 years ago.
Waiting for your new post. In my view, adding a new word is not a small work. It should be popularized. Everyone will use it.
You should add another option because you could agree to adding the word to your dictionary without having heard of it before!
very informative, miss the old Cambridge hardback cover though, the smell of the binder