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procaffinating
pp. Delaying or postponing something until one has had one or more cups of coffee; drinking coffee slowly as a delaying tactic. Also: pro-caffinating, procaffeinating. [procrastinating + caffeine]
procaffinate v.
procaffinator n.
procaffination n.

Procaffinating is a perfect word that describes me on this lazy day as I am blissfully sipping cup after cup of coffee and procrastinating all work; cleaning the house, laundry and giving the dog a bath.
—Susan Golis, “Helplessly Procaffinating with Starbucks Coffee,” Bubblews, June 1, 2014
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fracktivist
n. A person who campaigns or protests against the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to extract gas and oil from shale rock. Also: fractivist. [fracking + activist]
fracktivist adj.
fracktivism n.

In greater numbers by the month, residents across north Orange County are calling for an end to fracking, joining a growing chorus of Californians demanding a stop to the controversial oil-drilling practice. ... “It seems like new campaigns are being started all the time,” said Hollin Kretzmann, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, which assists fracktivists.
—Aaron Orlowski, “When it comes to fracking, fracktivist residents see red, not black gold,” Orange County Register (California), October 12, 2014
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NoMo
n. A woman who is not a mother, particularly by circumstance rather than by choice. (not + mother)

Now there is even a new word for people like myself, Jennifer and the one in five women who find themselves in their mid-40s without children: NoMos, short for “not mothers”
—Amanda Revell Walton, “Like Jennifer Aniston, I’ve accepted I’ll never be a mum — why can’t you?,” Daily Express, September 4, 2014
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data fracking
pp. Using enhanced or hidden measures to extract or obtain data. Also: data-fracking.

The Therapeutics Initiative’s Colin Dormuth is a Victoria researcher who already uses this information to study drug safety. After my article came out last month, he tweeted that allowing for-profit companies to mine our health data amounts to “data fracking.”
—Alan Cassels, “Data fracking,” Common Ground, October 1, 2014
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plyscraper
n. A tall building made mostly from wood. Also: ply-scraper. [plywood + skyscraper]

The buildings they envision have been dubbed “plyscrapers.” Their halting arrival into the mainstream of architecture represents a test case for whether the goal of sustainability can motivate a reversal of both long-term construction norms and the laws that have grown around them.
—Courtney Humphries, “Will cities of the future be built of wood?,” The Boston Globe, July 6, 2014
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prespond
v. To respond to something in advance. Also: pre-spond.
presponsive adj.

Let me attempt to “prespond” — a new word for anticipatory response — to potential defenses of voter ignorance.
—Ken Herman, “Herman: How’s a voter to know” (subscription required), Austin American-Statesman (Texas), September 17, 2014
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digital crowding
n. Excessive, unmanageable, or unavoidable online social contact.

“With all the focus on the legal aspects of privacy and the impact on global trade there’s been little discussion of why you want privacy and why it’s intrinsically important to you as an individual,” said Adam Joinson, professor of behavior change at the University of the West of England in Bristol, who coined the term “digital crowding” to describe excessive social contact and loss of personal space online.
—Shannon Doyne, “Do You Wish You Had More Privacy Online?,” The New York Times, October 6, 2014
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cratedigger
n. A person who spends a great deal of time in music stores combing through stacks of vinyl records; a DJ who has a large collection of vinyl records. Also: crate digger.
cratedigging pp.

Serene psychedelia from the heart of Massachusetts — from a man whose fortunes were revived by cratediggers.
—Rob Fitzpatrick, “The 101 strangest records on Spotify: Bobb Trimble — Iron Curtain Innocence,” The Guardian (London), February 6, 2013
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sufferfest
n. A period of extreme suffering or discomfort brought on by intense physical exertion. Also: suffer-fest, suffer fest.

A hundred years ago, when Robert Falcon Scott set out for Antarctica on his Terra Nova expedition, his two primary goals were scientific discovery and reaching the geographic South Pole. Arguably, though, Scott was really chasing what contemporary observers call a sufferfest. ...

But perhaps the real reason to court a sufferfest — to explore or adventure, or whatever you want to call it — is that it makes a person feel alive.
—Elizabeth Weil, “The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years,” The New York Times, September 28, 2014

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statement socks
n. A pair of socks chosen to make an impression, to stand out, or to express something about oneself.

An added bonus: Statement socks are an easy and often inexpensive indulgence. Though high-end designs are certainly available (you can buy $185 socks at Barney’s, should your path in life lead to that), you can also buy the socks at stores like Forever 21 and Target, the latter of which says it “has seen a steady interest” in statement socks since introducing them in 2012.
—Megan Garber, “‘Like Lingerie for Men’: How Statement Socks Became So Trendy,” The Atlantic, October 1, 2014
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Katie Couric effect
n. The increased interest in colon cancer screening following “Today Show” co-host Katie Couric’s on-air colonoscopy. Also: Couric effect.

To encourage him, I would invoke our family (“Do it for the kids; they need you”), my own screening habits (“How would you feel if I didn’t get my annual mammogram?”), the data (he was a behavioral scientist, after all), the Katie Couric effect (a celebrity whom he liked and respected) and his risk factors (age, weight, diet).
—Claudia Menashe, “Another reason to stop avoiding that colonoscopy,” The Washington Post, June 9, 2014
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screen shift
v. To send a video signal or file to another device; to begin watching video content on one device and then continue it on another. Also: screen-shift.
screen shifting pp.
screen shifter n.

As screen shifting increases (starting to watch [on] one screen before transferring to another or beginning purchase research on one device and ultimately buying from another) screen agnosticism will almost certainly increase.
—Joanne Frears, “Do you stack or mesh?,” Jeffrey Green Russell Limited, June 4, 2014