A person who believes that life on Earth can or will be mostly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption.
The difference between my interest and that of eruptionists
is that they think the big bang will happen tomorrow because it didn’t happen today.
—Ken Newton, “Amid the mysteries of Elwood
,” St. Joseph News-Press
, April 5, 2014
To be told to volunteer for something; compulsorily or forcibly volunteered. [volunteer + told]
—n. A person volunteered in this way.
I was “voluntold
” to be Santa Claus. I wore my military uniform with weapon and flack vest, but I also wore a ratty old gray fuzzy beard and my Santa hat. I sat at the end of a line of soldiers and wished every child that came by a “Merry Christmas.”
—Gary Wallin, “Christmas I remember best: An Afghanistan Christmas I will cherish forever
,” Deseret News
, December 20 2013
A persistently low level of inflation, particularly one that threatens a country's economic prosperity. Also: low-flation.
The effect is deeply corrosive even if the region never crosses the line into technical deflation. “Lowflation
” near 0.5pc can play havoc with debt trajectories if it goes on for long, ultimately throwing Europe back into a debt crisis.
—Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, “ECBs deflation paralysis drives Italy, France and Spain into debt traps
,” The Telegraph
, April 2, 2014
Technology that lets a viewer watch video content on many different types of screen, not just the three traditional screens of TV, computer, and mobile device. Also: nth-screen.
The Samsung RF4289 and RSG309 are two new state of the art refrigerator freezers hitting the market on [sic] 2011....Both of these units incorporate an eight inch LCD screen and built in Wi-Fi wireless internet connectivity....These refrigerators are a major component of Samsung’s Nth-Screen
“seamless connectivity” strategy.
—“Samsung RF4289 And RSG309
,“ Your Refrigerator
, July 26, 2013
The exhaustive and incessant recording of the details and events of one’s life, particularly when these are shared on social media.
However, the digital age (and the resulting hyper-documentation
of our lives) appears to have ushered in a new era of early-onset nostalgia.
—Gareth Price, “Digistalgia: Has Social Media Shaped Teenage Attitudes To Brands?
,” Business 2 Community
, October 17, 2012
Advance warning that a book, movie, or other material has content that could trigger emotional distress or a traumatic reaction. Also: trigger alert.
All GSIs and professors of social science and humanities courses should undergo training comparable to that of intergroup dialogue facilitators to ensure heightened sensitivity to diverse perspectives. Instructors should also make a concerted effort to give students “trigger warnings
” that alert them to upcoming class materials that could be potentially offensive, explicit or controversial.
—“From the Daily: Let’s talk about race
,” The Michigan Daily
, March 20, 2014
The mechanism that harvester ants use to regulate foraging activity, which is analogous to the mechanism used to regular internet data transfers. Also: Anternet. [ant + internet]
Computer people call it Transmission Control Protocol, which is an algorithm to deal with data congestion. They send out files and see how long it takes to receive a reply.
With little bandwidth availability, it takes longer than when availability is high. Sending out a patrolling ant and waiting for it to return is much the same. The analogy is so strong, in fact, that at Stanford they are now calling the internet the anternet.
—Beachcomber, “96 years old and STILL climbing new anthills...,” The Express, May 21, 2013
The worldwide increase in the rate and extent of extreme or unpredictable weather conditions.
There’s a broad scientific consensus that climate change will bring us a wide variety of freakish weather in the years ahead. Tom Friedman, the New York Times columnist, likes the term “global weirding
” to describe what’s happening and what’s coming. So do I. And what we’re experiencing right now is just an overture to the loud, raucous, percussion-heavy climate symphony that lies ahead for us.
—Bob Keeler, “The Earth is speaking, folks, and it’s angry
, November 12, 2012
Sharing a photo, file, or other content electronically, but allowing the recipient to view it for only a limited time.
While photo documentation used to connote some level of importance, the ubiquitousness of Facebook and the popularity of documenting the mundane has created a situation where deciding not to document something tends to give it more meaning. As a result, the ephemeral sharing
of a moment on Snapchat begins to release users from the tensions caused by “hyper documentation.”
—Katharine Schwab, “Snapchat takes digital retro: free to be candid
,” The San Francisco Chronicle
, August 11, 2013
The state or condition of having equally close relationships with multiple people or organizations, particularly as a negotiator working with adversarial groups.
Detractors say in the last three assembly polls Rio beat Congress raising the Naga question, but failed to push Delhi for a solution. In 2003, he led NPF to victory. He had pledged to work for a solution to Naga insurgency and coined the term “equicloseness
” to describe his relations with rebel factions.
—Oinam Sunil & Xavier Rutsa, “Narendra Modi apart, he’s the only other Chief Minister in Lok Sabha race
,” The Economic Times of India
, March 29, 2014
The love of words.
—logophile, n. A lover of words.
There is a disease which consists in loving words too much. Logophilia first manifests itself in childhood and is, alas, incurable.
—Peter Ackroyd, “Visions from an addiction to fiction,” The Times (London), March 20, 2002
A ritual designed to lead a couple to an amicable divorce or breakup.
—consciously uncouple v.
We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple
and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.
—Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, “Conscious uncoupling
, March 25, 2014