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, waste, 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.
Audiophile ... Person who loves and collects high-quality audio equipment.
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.
Breadcrumbing... A navigation technique which helps users by displaying a list of links
to the pages they have visited when exploring a website
e.g. home >>vocabulary>>transport.
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.
Busking ... Performing on the streets and other public places, while soliciting
Busy urban areas will attract street performers (buskers) who sing,
play, juggle, etc
Buzz ... Excited interest or attention surrounding, for example, a new invention,
a recent event or something that has become fashionable.
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.
Captcha... Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and
A distorted image of letters and numbers used to ensure that a
response is not generated by a computer, in order to prevent
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.
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...
Citizen journalism... News collected and reported by ordinary people, especially
through the use of blog software.
Cloud computing... A computing service which enables access to a shared pool of
resources (servers, data storage, applications, etc.) over the Internet.
For example, users can access and use tools or applications through
a web browser without having to install them on their computers.
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.
Copyleft Opposite of copyright.
Whereas copyright imposes restrictions on the distribution of a work
or publication, copyleft eliminates restrictions and allows freedom of
use for all.
Cot potato ... Very young child who spends a lot of time watching television.
(cot = a baby's bed)
Couch potato A person who spends a lot of time sitting in front of the television.
Daycation A trip or short vacation which lasts only one day -
daycationers do not stay away overnight.
Decruitment Euphemism for laying-off staff or downsizing a company.
Docusoap Blend of <documentary< font="">'documentary' and 'soap'.
(soap opera: sentimental TV serial)
A 'docusoap' is a reality television programme in the style of a
Dramedy Combination of 'drama' and 'comedy'.
A film, play or TV programme that mixes drama and comedy.
Earworm... A tune that keeps repeating itself over and over again in our heads.
E-cruitment ... Online recruitment of employees, including online submission of
resumes and cover letters.
Elancer... A professional person who works from home and provides services on
the internet. ...
Emoticon A blend of 'emotion' and 'icon'.
A symbol, used in email messages, which is made out of
punctuation marks and resembles a human face.
E-piracy Electronic piracy
Illegal downloading of material found on the internet (films, music, etc.)
E-stalk.. To stalk (follow) someone using Internet searches and email.
E-waste .. Electronic material and devices that have been thrown away.
Fashionista.. Person who dresses according to the latest fashion trends.
Flame war .. A period during which angry or rude email messages are exchanged.
Flash mob.. A crowd that gathers in a pre-determined place, performs an action
then disperses very quickly. The mob is not told exactly what to do
until just before the event.
Flexitarian.. A vegetarian who sometimes eats meat or fish
Freemale.. A woman who is happy to stay single and independent so that she
can do what she wants when she wants.
Flightmare Blend of 'flight' and 'nightmare'.
Unpleasant air travel experience (lost luggage, missed connections, etc.)
Foodoir A blend of 'food' and 'memoir'.
An account of someone's life or personal experiences, with a strong
emphasis on food, often including recipes and cookery advice.
Funemployment A blend of 'fun' and 'unemployed'.
Someone who enjoys not having a job because they have more
time for leisure and fun activities.
Funkinetics.... A form of energetic step aerobics that mixes exercise and soul music.
Gastropub... A pub which, in addition to beer and alcoholic drinks, offers
Gastrosexuals... A new generation of men who see cooking more as a hobby than
a household chore, and use their cooking skills to impress friends
and potential partners.
Glamping Blend of 'glamour' and 'camping'.
Luxury camping : sleeping in the open but with every comfort
including cooking equipment.
Greycation ... Going on holiday or vacation with grandparents in order to
reduce the cost. ..
Guesstimate Blend of 'guess' and 'estimate'.
A rough estimate without any claim of accuracy.
Hacktivist ... A person who manipulates information on the internet in order
to transmit a message, usually political.
Hoody or hoodie.. A person, especially a youth, wearing a hooded top.
Hotspot... Location in which wireless Internet access is available
for example airports, hotels, train stations, etc.
Infomania... Constantly checking and responding to email and text messages.
Infotainment Blend of 'information' and 'entertainment'.
Online services connected to information and leisure activities.
It bag... High-priced designer handbag that is the bag "of the moment", or
a "must-have" item.
It girl... A girl who has become a celebrity more through intense media coverage
than through any personal achievements (e.g. Paris Hilton).
Jumbrella Blend of 'jumbo' and 'umbrella'.
Very large umbrella set above tables outdoors at a coffee shop,
pub or restaurant.
Landline .. A telephone connected to wires in a fixed location as opposed
to a mobile or cell phone.
Locavore A person who only eats food produced locally.
Mailbomb ..To deliberately try to disrupt another computer system by sending
massive amounts of email to it.
Meritocracy .. The idea that merit and individual effort determine one’s success
rather than wealth or birth.
Mocktail Non-alcoholic drink that looks like a cocktail.
Nail tat A temporary tattoo applied to the nails.
Netbook ... Small laptop computer which weighs less than 3 pounds and has
a 7 to 10 inch screen.
Netiquette Blend of 'network' and 'etiquette'.
Set of rules governing appropriate behaviour and courtesy on the
Netizen Blend of 'internet' and 'citizen'.
A person who spends an excessive amount of time on the internet.
Nevertiree... A person who continues to work after they have reached the age
Newbie A new member of any group, community, or activity.
Nonliner... Someone who rarely or never uses the Internet, usually because
they cannot access it.
Noogler New Google employee.
Notspot... An area where there is slow Internet access or no connection at all.
Noughties... The years between 2000 and 2009 which contain a 'nought' (zero),
in the same way as other decades are called the 'thirties', 'sixties',
Offshorable .. Something that can be done or produced in another country, especially
at reduced costs.
Optics ... The way a situation appears to the general public, or the impression
Outernet .. Traditional media (newpapers, magazines, radio, television) as opposed
to the internet.
Overparenting ..Being excessively protective of one's children in order to guarantee
their safety and ensure their success in life.
Oversharing.. Providing too much information on the Internet (credit card details,
personal information, etc.) especially through social network sites.
Overworking class .. A segment of today's working population where there is a desire or need
to work long hours.
Password fatigue... Being tired of having to remember a large number of passwords for
different electronic devises.
Quintastic.. A blend of the adjective 'fantastic' and the prefix 'quin'.
An informal way of referring to a person who is aged fifty or over
but remains sexy, smart, energetic and successful, especially
In August 2011 President Barack Obama will become a quintastic.
Recessionista .. Popular new term for a person who succeeds in dressing stylishly
on a tight budget.
Road rage.. Aggressive habits often resulting in violence against other drivers.
Robocall .. Commercial telemarketing call which plays a recorded message.
Sandwich generation.. A generation of people who care for the needs of their children
as well as those of their own elderly parents.
Screenager.. A young person or teenager who spends a lot of time in front of
the computer screen.
Sitcom Blend of 'situation' and 'comedy'.
A drama, on television, based on humorous everyday situations.
Slumdog ...Very poor, underprivileged person who lives in an overcrowded
squalid area of a city called a slum.
Smirt Blend of 'smoke' and 'flirt'
Smoking prohibition laws have led to a new sort of social pastime :
'smirting', smokers getting to know each other when outside on
the pavement. ...
Snail mail ... The standard system of delivering mail which is very slow in contrast
to electronic mail.
Sofalise/sofalize... Stay home and use the internet, phone or other electronic device to
communicate with people (social networking, chatting, tweeting, etc.),
rather than go out and meet them face to face.
Spinnish .. The language used by spin doctors, spokes-persons, campaign
managers, etc. when trying to present information in a favourable
Staycation... A vacation in which you stay at home and relax or visit places
close to where you live.
Textual harassment... Sending text messages to mobile phones which insult or abuse
Tombstoning ... Jumping or diving into water from a dangerously high place such as
a hotel balcony, a cliff, bridge, wall, roof, etc.
Trashion Blend of 'trash' and 'fashion'.
Fashionable items created from old, used and recycled elements.
Trekkie A fan of the TV science fiction series Star Trek.
Tribal marketing... Marketing strategy which consists in using the social behaviour of
certain groups ('tribes') of consumers (e.g. surfers, rappers) to promote
a product or service. Very often used by clothing and accessory brands.
Tweet People who 'tweet' send short messages via the microblogging
Tweetheart... A user of the Twitter service who is very popular or admired, or with
whom other users communicate a lot.
Upskill Teach an employee new or additional skills.
Videophile Person who is very interested in watching videos and making
recordings, and values high-quality results.
Viral marketing Marketing strategy that consists in encouraging people to pass along
information to friends, family and colleagues through e-mail messages,
blogs, video-sharing, etc., so that the marketing message spreads
like a virus.
Vook .. A combination of video, text, images and social streams in an
Web rage ... Anger or frustration as a result of difficulties or problems encountered
when using the Internet.
Webinar... Presentation or seminar conducted over the web.
Weblish .. A form of english
that is used on the web (use of abbreviations,
acronyms, small letters, absence of punctuation and hyphens etc.)
Also known as : webspeak, netspeak, internetese.
Widget... Blend of 'window' and 'gadget'.
A small application or tool that can be installed and executed
within a web page.
Winterval.. Blend of 'winter' and 'festival'.
A festival that takes place in winter.
Wordle ... The words
of a piece of text arranged into a sort of graphic.
The more frequent a particular word appears in the text, the bigger
its size in the wordle.
(Also called 'word cloud' or 'text cloud'.)