Posts tagged: vocabulary

neologomania
n., the transhuman enthusiasm for neologisms, especially the creation of words with many prefixes

neomorph
n., a transhuman or posthuman with a non-humanoid body

future shock
"A sense of shock felt by those who were not paying attention." [Michael Flynn, ANALOG, Jan 1990. Coined by Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, 1970] 

futique
adj., stylishly futuristic

functional soup
A possible posthuman state where knowledge, mental modules and access to physical bodies can be shared between distributed infomorphs largely independent of the physical substrate of their world. Terms such as individuality become diffuse, and are replaced with teleological threads. 

dryware
n., an artificial part of a cyborg (usage similar to ‘hardware’, ‘software’ and ‘wetware’) 

wetware
n., similar to ‘hardware’, but denotes a biological system, most commonly the human nervous system 

disasterbation
n., idly fantasizing about possible catastrophes (ecological collapse, full-blown totalitarianism) without considering their likelihood or considering their possible solutions and prevention

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2012


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thrillax
v., to do something that is both stimulating and relaxing

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2012


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hobbledehoy
n., an awkward, gawky young man

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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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nomophobia
n., the fear of being without your mobile phone or without a cellular signal

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2012


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peak people
n., a time when the world’s population reaches a maximum, after which it steadily declines due to reduced birth rates or global shortages of energy, food, and water

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Feb
2012


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There’s piracy in conspiracy.

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Feb
2012


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victoriousvocabulary:

ENSCONCE
[verb]
1. to settle securely or snugly
2. to cover or shelter

victoriousvocabulary:

ENSCONCE

[verb]

1. to settle securely or snugly

2. to cover or shelter

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Feb
2012


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antematter

dictionaryofobscuresorrows:

n. the dream versions of things in your life, which appear totally foreign but are still somehow yours—your anteschool, your antefriends, your antehome—all part of a parallel world whose gravitational pull raises your life’s emotional stakes, increasing the chances you’ll end up betting everything you have.

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Jan
2012


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karmapol

dictionaryofobscuresorrows:

n. the imaginary committee of elders that keeps a running log of your mistakes, steadily building their case that you’re secretly a fraud, a coward, a doofus and a douche, and who would’ve successfully revoked your good fortune years ago had they not been hampered by bitter squabblings over grammar and spelling.

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2012


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