Monday, 10 February 2014


Word Meaning
Affluenza A blend of 'affluence' and 'influenza'.
A social disease resulting from extreme materialism and excessive consumerism: earning more money and consuming more, which can lead to overwork, debt, stress, anxiety, etc.
Agritourism A form of tourism in which tourists stay on farms or in agricultural villages, and often participate in farm activities.
Alcopop Fruit drinks fortified with alcohol, designed and marketed to appeal to young people.
Amazeballs Used to say that you find something extremely good, very enjoyable, impressive, etc.
Anklington Blend of the words 'ankle' and 'wellington'.
A short wellington boot.
People who wish to remain anonymous when they give information, essentially because they are afraid of scandal or retribution.
App Abbreviation of 'application', software that performs a specific task.
Applepick Steal someone's iPhone.
Audiophile Person who loves and collects high-quality audio equipment.
Avatar A graphical image representing a person for example on the Internet.
Baggravation Blend of the words 'bag' and 'aggravation'. A feeling of annoyance and frustration at the airport when your baggage has not arrived but the other passengers' bags have.
Bashtag A bashtag is a hashtag (#) that is used to make critical or abusive comments on social networking services such as Twitter.
Bitcoin Digital currency which allows payments to be sent from one party to another without going through a financial institution.
Black Swan An extremely rare and unexpected event of large magnitude and consequence.
Bloatware/fatware Pre-installed software that occupies a lot of space, leaving little memory for storing personal data.
Blook A blend of 'book' and 'blog' :  a book written by a blogger.
Brain waste The problem of skilled immigrants who are forced to accept positions far below their educational level in their new country is known as "brain waste".
Breadcrumbing A navigation technique which helps users by displaying a list of links to the pages they have visited when exploring a website,
for example:  home >>vocabulary>>transport.
Bromance Blend of 'brother' and 'romance'.
A close non-sexual relationship between two men.
Bureaucratese A derogatory term for language used in businesses and bureaucracies which contains long sentences and complex words that are obscure or difficult to understand.
Burkini or Burquini Blend of 'burqa' and 'bikini' A swimsuit worn by Muslim women which covers the whole body i.e. the arms to the wrist, the legs to the ankle, with a hood to cover the hair and neck.
Buzz Excited interest or attention surrounding, for example, a new invention, a recent event or something that has become fashionable.
Buzzkill Something or someone spoiling an event that people are enjoying.
Buzzword A new word or expression that is commonly used in specialized work environments or age-groups, and has become fashionable. Terms used in advertising can often convert into buzzwords and become widely used
Buzzworthy Describes what is likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public.
Cage sandals A type of sandal with a lot of thin straps.
Captcha Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart. A distorted image of letters and numbers used to ensure that a response is not generated by a computer, in order
to prevent spamming.
Carjacking Blend of 'car' and 'hijacking'.
When a car driver is forced to give up his vehicle or drive to a destination designated by the attacker.
Charticle Blend of ‘chart’ and ‘article’.
A news article that is composed primarily of a chart, image or graphics with just a brief text for additional information.
Chatroom Areas on the internet where people can communicate by exchanging typed messages
Chick lit Books, usually featuring female characters, written by women on contemporary themes and issues that appeal more to women than to men.
Chillaxing Blend of 'chilling' and relaxing'.
Taking a break from stressful activities to rest or relax.
Citizen journalism News collected and reported by ordinary people, especially through the use of blog software.
Click bait Put something on a website that will encourage visitors to click on a link.
Tricking Internet users into clicking on hidden links.
Cloud computing A computing service which enables access to a shared pool of resources (servers, data storage, applications, etc.) over the Internet. Users can access and use tools or applications through
a web browser without having to install them on their computers.
Coatigan Blend of 'coat' and 'cardigan'.
A long cardigan or knitted jacket which from a distance looks more like a coat. Designed as transitional wear for autumn weather before a heavier coat is necessary.
Content farm A website that publishes large amounts of low-quality content, or content copied from elsewhere, in order to attract visitors and improve its search-engine rankings.

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