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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000

v. To conduct a text message conversation while walking.

Idaho town Rexburg was among the first in the United States to impose a US$50 (S$68) fine on anyone found crossing a street while texting on a phone. The law was enacted in April 2011 and signs were put up all over the city to remind pedestrians not to text-walk.
—Chang May Choon, “Seoul puts up road safety signs to warn 'smartphone zombies',” The Straits Times, June 27, 2016

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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000

n. The intersection of criminal and immigration laws, policies, and enforcement.

Historically, immigration and criminal law have been thought of as very separate from one another. The concept of crimmigration focuses on how and why these two traditionally separate areas of law have suddenly blurred to the point that it is hard to distinguish where one ends and the other begins.
—Tanvi Misra, “The Rise of 'Crimmigration',” City Lab, September 16, 2016

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ambient snacking

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000

n. Snacking on foods that can be stored and served at room temperature.

Responding to the torrent of furious messages, Sainsburys said via social media:... "Were also including 14 new ambient snacking lines, all at 50p and under 150 calories each, tapping into the healthy snacking trend."
—Adam Boult, “Sainsbury’s '£3 meal deal' change prompts fury among customers,” The Telegraph (London), September 6, 2016

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tunnel fur

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000

n. A mixture of dust, oil, human hair and skin, rodent feces, and other substances that collects on subway tracks.

The air-conditioning is failing partly because of the age of the units, which both the workers union and transit agency agree should have been overhauled sooner. Their fragility has become clear this summer, with the heat forcing them to work harder even as a particularly foul mixture of substances known as tunnel fur has been jamming up the condensers.
—Oliver Moore, “John Tory rides sweltering subway, tells TTC to 'do better',” The Globe and Mail, September 7, 2016

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super flasher

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000

n. A woman who experiences hot flashes for many years, particularly before, during, and after menopause.

Think all hot flashes are created equal? Think again. According to results released from the Study of Womens Health Across the Nation (SWAN), some women are "early onset" and have hot flashes which end at menopause. Meanwhile, others are late onset and dont get hot flashes until after their last period. The study also found that one in four midlife women are "super flashers" -- who have hot flashes before, during and perhaps years after menopause.
—“Are You A 'Super Flasher'?,” 102.5 KEZK, July 26, 2016

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Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000

n. A change to a physical object or system in response to a virtual command or action.

Datakinesis (yes. This is an actual thing)
—#21Forever, “Datakinesis (yes. This...,” Twitter, April 25, 2016

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000

n. Tourism that is centered around bees and bee-related activities.

With the rise of all things eco, the idea of "apitourism" may seem too niche in its focus. Look deeper though and its all-encompassing in what it offers the discerning traveller.
—Helen Truszkowski, “'Apitourism' is a growing worldwide culture for bee-seeking travellers,” The Globe and Mail, July 25, 2016

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personal protection drone

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000

n. A weaponized drone that accompanies a person and can respond to attacks or threats.

While a personal protection drone swarm would be even more amazing, SexyCyborg already revealed that theres no good or cheap way to have such portable drones fly automatically. But we can always dream.
—Alec, “Redditor SexyCyborg is back with a 3D printed Nano Drone wrist mount,”, June 7, 2016

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tip creep

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000

n. The gradual increase in the standard tip percentage as well as the number of service workers who expect or request tips.

Part of the reason for the general acquiescence to tip creep may be that Square is mostly a feature at high-end hipster shops -- places that peddle what some might call "treats" and others might deride as "inessentials."
—Ester Bloom, “Square is guilting us into tipping basically everyone,” Quartz, July 13, 2016

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subway desert

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000

n. An urban area that is underserved by the city's subway system.

What is telling is how much of the city outside of Manhattan is not covered by more than one line -- which means when that line fails or is out of service, that much more of the city is in a subway desert.
—Ivel Liverworst, “Interactive Map Exposes NYC's Sprawling Subway Deserts” (comment), Gothamist, July 12, 2016

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