New words – 7 May 2018


generation mute noun [U]
a way of referring to the generation of young people who tend to use written forms of communication, such as texting, rather than making phone calls

A survey by the regulator Ofcom has found a new “generation mute”: only 15% of 16 to 24 year olds consider phone calls the most important method of communication, compared with 36% who prefer instant messaging. In America, a study found that 80% of millennials … felt more comfortable conversing via text or online.
[Sunday Times, 5 November 2017]

cyberloafing noun [U]
UK /ˈsaɪ.bə.ləʊf.ɪŋ/ US /ˈsaɪ.bɚ.loʊf.ɪŋ/
the activity of spending working hours engaged in online activities that are not work related, such as checking social media sites and surfing the internet

“Cyberloafing is a compulsive behaviour for many people,” she tells Stylist. “It’s an attempt to replace something that we’re lacking, but we never get that ‘filled-up’ feeling. So it just goes on and on with the empty promise of replacing the things we actually want, like a fulfilling work day or a career in an industry we’re passionate about.”
[Stylist, 24 August 2017]

infobesity noun [U]
UK /ɪn.fəʊˈbiː.sə.ti/ US /ɪn.foʊˈbiː.sə.t̬i/
the state of having access to so much information that it leads to difficulties with decision-making, concentration and understanding

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you couldn’t even make a simple decision? Infobesity affects every company due to innovations like the internet, apps and sensors. Did you know a typical entrepreneur checks her email 50 to 100 times a day? Moreover, 60 percent of computer users feel the need to check their email in the bathroom.
[Huffington Post, 26 July 2017]

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4 thoughts on “New words – 7 May 2018

  1. Girdhari Lal Sharma

    Very useful words. They not only reflect the trends, and warn us of the fangs that the technology has developed but also echo the pangs of the world submerged in e-smog.

  2. Arturo Leo

    Reading all of these new words submitted to voting, one may be influenced by infobesity. The more we read, the more we hesitate in voting one way or another.

  3. Richard

    Words or clip phrases such as these are produced by children for a child’s mentality and should be regarded as such. The english language is becoming increasingly corroded with this useless nonsense.

  4. Philip Davies

    There are already a plethora of useful adjectives in the English Dictionary, apart from the expletives a lot of people defer to, why add more, when the one’s we already have seem to be mostly redundant outside of academia.

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