triple-screen verb [I]
to read or watch three screens at the same time
Parents are using professional coaches in their battles over screen time with their children, behaviour specialists have said. Some families complain their children are “triple-screening”, simultaneously viewing phones, laptops and televisions.
[The Times, 28 September 2019]
juice jacking noun [U]
an illegal attempt to harm someone’s computer, tablet or smartphone, or the information on it, by using a charging port
There has been much coverage of “juice jacking” of late. This involves a cybercriminal using altered USB charging ports in airports, train stations and hotels to infect your device with malware. You can carry a USB charger that plugs into a power socket or invest in a power-only USB charging cable to prevent this.
[www.guardian.com, 31 December 2019]
digital vellum noun [U]
UK /ˌdɪdʒ.ɪ.tᵊl.ˈvel.əm/ US /ˌdɪdʒ.ə.t̬ᵊl.ˈvel.əm/
a process that will allow digital files to be accessed at any time in the future so that important data and documents will always be available
Another way of solving the problem is “digital vellum”, a concept that is still in development. That involves taking a snapshot of all the ways that a digital file can be opened, and storing it alongside the document itself — meaning that scientists will be able to use the instructions to reproduce the files by following the instructions.
[independent.co.uk, 13 February 2015]
2 thoughts on “New words – 10 February 2020”
I concert people’s sight-health, especially children and young teenager’s, if this word’s making…
Thanks for this very interesting blog. I was just wondering how you will decide which words to actually include in the dictionary: frequency of use? (but then how do you measure it?). I guess there are a number of factors that make some words more successful than others and it’d be interesting to explore them: semantic transparency, being easy to remember? Anyway, I was just thinking aloud.