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ag-gag
adj. Relating to laws that criminalize the taking of undercover photos and videos in certain businesses. Also: ag gag.

Ag-gag” laws have spread rapidly, and half a dozen states have made it illegal to film factory farms.

The agriculture industry wants to bring ag-gag to Australia.
—Will Potter, “Australia risks copying US ‘ag-gag’ laws to turn animal activists into terrorists,” Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), May 9, 2014

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poor door
n. A separate entrance for the lower-income residents of a mixed-income building.

A Guardian investigation has discovered a growing trend in the capital’s upmarket apartment blocks — which are required to include affordable homes in order to win planning permission — for the poorer residents to be forced to use alternative access, a phenomenon being dubbed “poor doors”. Even bicycle storage spaces, rubbish disposal facilities and postal deliveries are being separated.
—Hilary Osborne , “Poor doors: the segregation of London’s inner-city flat dwellers,” The Guardian, July 25, 2014
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jerktech
n. Technology that encourages or monetizes antisocial behavior, particularly the selling of goods or services that users don’t own. Also: jerk tech.

Jerktech is the very apt epithet for the class of “disruptive” startups that sell things that don’t belong to them, like parking spots and restaurant reservations, simply raising the prices of them and making access to public resources a factor of your disposable income.
—Cory Doctorow, “Jerktech: Silicon Valley’s most shameful export,” BoingBoing, July 8, 2014
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scanxiety
n. Mental distress felt while awaiting the results of a medical test, particularly an MRI or CT scan. Also: scan-xiety. [scan + anxiety]

And as traumatic as it can be, scanxiety is better than the alternative: being dead, so there’s nothing to test, and no odds to wonder about.
—Xeni Jardin, “Scanxiety, or how waiting for cancer tests makes you crazy,” BoingBoing, March 8, 2013
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canvas fingerprinting
n. A technique for tracking a user online that involves drawing a hidden element on the browser canvas to create a token that uniquely identifies the user’s computer.
canvas fingerprint n.

First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.
—Julia Angwin, “Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block,” ProPublica, July 21, 2014
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parasite building
n. A small building or structure that has been added to an existing, larger building, particularly when the styles of the two structures are noticeably different. Also: parasite, parasite structure, parasite office.

Small-scale densification: Alternatives such as tiny laneway houses and ‘parasite’ buildings are popping up in lieu of big-box condos.
—Tamsin McMahon, “The (literal) rise of the anti-condo,” Maclean’s (Canada), July 9, 2014
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dogochondriac
n. A person who is excessively preoccupied by their dog’s health, or who tends to imagine ailments that the dog does not actually have. [dog + hypochondriac]

Sooo... basically the vets say they can‘t see anything wrong with him, so maybe I’m just being a dogochondriac, but they do tend to miss things unless they are very obvious.
—Rayemond, “Is wheezing/ loud breathing/ snoring when at rest normal?; Or could it be a sign of heart problems?,” Dog Rescue World, January 30, 2013
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pinkification
n. The attempt to make something that is traditionally masculine more interesting or appealing to women by associating it with stereotypically feminine traits or ideas. Also: pink-ification.

Yet, examples of tech’s pinkification persist.

In February, at a Harvard event designed to get women interested in computer science, sponsor Goldman Sachs handed out cosmetic mirrors and nail files.
—Kristen V. Brown, “How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink,” The San Francisco Chronicle (California), July 6, 2014

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summer melt
n. College-bound students who renege on their commitment to a particular school, especially during the time between high school graduation and the start of classes.

Education researchers and academic counselors call it “summer melt,” the precarious time when some college-bound students fall through the cracks, at risk of abandoning their higher education plans entirely. Studies show that first-generation college students and those from low-income families are particularly vulnerable.
—Alan Scher Zagier, “Grads’ college plans often melt in summer,” The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), July 14, 2014
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couch-cushion change
n. A trivial or disappointingly small amount of money. Also: couch cushion change.

His Department of Environment and Natural Resources has repeatedly thwarted efforts by environmental groups to hold Duke Energy responsible for its malfeasance in several such spills. For example, the DENR “punished” Duke for the Asheville-Riverbend spillage by fining it all of $99,111, or as some environmentalists have called the fine, “couch-cushion change.”
—“C. Mosby Miller: Legislators ignoring spillage,” The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), February 21, 2014
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MAMIL
n. A middle-aged man who is a devotee of cycling or some other sport that requires or encourages the wearing of Lycra. [Acronym: middle-aged man in Lycra]

These “middle-aged men in lycra” or MAMILs, as the tribe has unflatteringly been dubbed, will be out in force this weekend as the Tour de France begins in the northern English country of Yorkshire, many of them wearing day-glo outfits and tight shorts.
—“Britain’s ‘MAMILs’ switch Ferraris for expensive bikes,” Agence France-Presse, July 4, 2014
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promposal
n. An invitation to a prom, particularly one that is elaborate, unusual, or performed in a public place. Also: prom-posal. [prom + proposal]

Making a memorable promposal has prompted group serenades, Jumbotron questions, public address requests, flash mobs, airplane banners, cheesy public poetry, and tons of flowers, chocolates, and other gifts, including cupcakes with the question spelled out in icing
—Bella English, “With ‘promposals,’ excess is a competition,” The Boston Globe, May 17, 2014