Posts tagged: definitions

neuronovel
n., a literary genre in which the characters’ behavior and motivation is explained by neuroscience, particularly brain disorders

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brandy
n., a cordial composed of one part thunder-and-lightning, one part remorse, two parts bloody murder, one part death-hell-and-the grave and four parts clarified Satan. Dose: a headful all the time. 

   —Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)

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2012


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telephone
n., an invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance

telescope
n., a device having a relation to the eye similar to that of the telephone to the ear, enabling distant objects to plague us with a multitude of needless details. Luckily it is unprovided with a bell summoning us to the sacrifice.

   —Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)

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2012
 

hobbledehoy
n., an awkward, gawky young man

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2012
 

cockalorum
n., a boastful and self-important person; a strutting little fellow

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man
n., an animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.

   —Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)

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2012


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diarrheaist
n., a person who shares too much online, particularly personal information

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2012


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friggatriskaidekaphobia
n., a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th

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2012


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hashtag activism
n., activism that uses a Twitter hashtag to promote a project or cause, particularly when it requires no other action from people

The advent of “hashtag activism" has been greeted with breathless claims about the birth of a new form of technology-based social movement. While such technologies can be extremely useful tools, they do not represent alternatives to the exhausting, age-old work of meeting people where they are, hearing their concerns, reaching common ground, building trust and convincing them that it is in their interests to act politically to change their circumstances.

—Eric Augenbraun, “Occupy Wall Street and the limits of spontaneous street protest,” The Guardian, September 29, 2011

As a reporter, I don’t sign up for various causes, but as someone who lives — far too much — in the world of social media, I can feel the pull of digital activism. And I have to admit I’m starting to experience a kind of “favoriting” fatigue — meaning that the digital causes of the day or week are all starting to blend together. Another week, another hashtag, and with it, a question about what is actually being accomplished.

—David Carr, “Hashtag Activism, and Its Limits,” The New York Times, March 25, 2012

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2012


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