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Topic: New words

The Cloud… What does it even mean?

Today, the phrase “The Cloud” is showing up in ads with annoying frequency. It’s a trendy buzzword, but nobody seems to agree what it means. Let’s see if we can come up with a definition of “The Cloud.” Then we’ll … Continue reading

New words, April 2012

Here are a few new words I’ve noticed in recent weeks.

How do you say Mondelēz?

Kraft Foods recently made a stunning announcement: “Kraft Foods Inc. today announced plans to change its corporate name to Mondelez International, Inc.” Say what?!

Words in the news: Pink slime

TV news presents a new reason for us to be scared: Pink slime, a beef product used as filler in hamburger meat. “Pink slime” oozed into the public conversation this month thanks to a series of reports by ABC News. … Continue reading

New word alert: Linsanity

Linsanity: (n.) The state of excitement surrounding basketball phenom Jeremy Lin — a point guard for the New York Knicks, the NBA’s first Chinese-American player, and a gift to sports headline writers everywhere.

New words, January 2012

Here are a few new words I’ve noticed in circulation lately.

Best and worst new words of 2011

This is the time of year when linguisticians, lexicographers and other highly trained wonks announce their lists of new words that joined the English language this year.

The “oops” moment

A new phrase is surging in political coverage this month: The “oops” moment. Thank Texas Gov. Rick Perry for giving us the defining example.

“First World Problems”

So far this year, my favorite new expression is “First World Problems.” A First World Problem is an irritation you can only complain about if all your needs are already met.

Will.i.am, social media expert?

Here’s a new word alert! Communiting. It shows up in a bizarre AdAge column this week by Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. The pop star writes: