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Tue, 04 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0000

n. Triumphant satisfaction that a person's behaviour is as bad as expected, combined with outrage at that behaviour.

An unfortunate consequence of the mainstream medias outrage (or gloatrage) is that political bias has begun to leak from the opinion pages into the news coverage, giving detractors further reason to eschew what have been traditionally high-quality news outlets such as the Washington Post and the New York Times.
—Neil Winward, “Why the Fourth Estate Is Crumbling,” The Market Mogul, July 3, 2017

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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0000

n. The negative impact of fear and anxiety on economic activity; the use of fear to sell products and services.

One big lesson learned is the need to prevent panic during a public health emergency. The new phrase is to "{h fear-guard h}" a country. During many disease outbreaks, say experts, a pandemic of fear can be more devastating to a society and an economy than the disease itself.
—“A call to '{h fear-guard h}' countries in a pandemic,” Christian Science Monitor, June 23, 2017

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0000

n. A run between one's home and workplace.

This is the beauty of the runcommute--on the days when youre not thinking about pace you can enjoy the fact that the very act of runcommuting is the ultimate in multitasking. It encompasses training, transport, therapy and sightseeing all in one.
—“Make the most of your runcommute for spring marathons,” Iamrunbox, February 2, 2017

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avocado hand

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

n. A serious hand injury caused by improperly using a knife to cut, slice, or remove the pit of an avocado.

It seems that avocado hand is so commonplace, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons wants to warn people about the safety risk, with one doctor suggesting a safety label to be placed on avocados.
—Dianne de Guzman, “'Avocado hand' is sending people to the ER because people don't know how to cut their fruit,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 11, 2017

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Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

n. A web page grid featuring ads disguised as content links that use titillation, shock, or vanity to entice the reader to click an ad.

Got a line on a small ad network with tasteful advertising? Do you have experience with online advertising and advice for me? Lets talk. Chumbox providers need not apply.
—Jason Kottke, “Some site news: a (temporary) farewell to advertising,”, April 3, 2017

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technology doping

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

n. The use of technology to improve sports equipment in a way that gives an athlete an unfair or illegal competitive advantage.

Yet the analogy between gaining an advantage from drugs versus an advantage gained from technology is one that has been drawn frequently enough to lead to the coining of the term technology doping.
—Rosie Duckworth, “The Unbroken 2: A Pair of Nikes, An Unofficial Record, And The Age-Old Question Of Technology’s Place In Sport,” The National Law Review, May 11, 2017

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mom as a service

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

n. Software and online tools that provide services similar to the tasks performed by a mother.

This small subculture of wealthy technophiles promotes investment into luxury goods for rich people, or into "mom as a service" types of companies that cater to spoiled workaholics in the tech industry. And so we end up with things like a $120M juice squeezer, or three startups competing to deliver organic baby food.
—Maciej Cegłowski, “Notes From An Emergency,” Idle Words, May 10, 2017

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text neck

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

n. Neck and upper back pain caused by an excessive and prolonged forward head tilt, such as when texting or performing other mobile device tasks.

Lanman and Cuellar suggest simple lifestyle changes to relieve the stress from the 'text neck' posture. They recommend holding cell phones in front of the face, or near eye level, while texting. They also suggest using two hands and two thumbs to create a more symmetrical and comfortable position for the spine.
—“Could phones change the way our spines curve? Scientists warn an entire generation is plagued by 'text neck',” Daily Mail, April 14, 2017

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Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

n. A symbiotic network of connections between tree roots and fungi that enable the trees to share nutrients.

A plant under attack from aphids can indicate to a nearby plant that it should raise its defensive response before the aphids reach it. It has been known for some time that plants communicate above ground in comparable ways, by means of airborne hormones. But such warnings are more precise in terms of source and recipient when sent by means of the myco-net.
—Robert Macfarlane, “The Secrets of the Wood Wide Web,” The New Yorker, August 7, 2016

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granny nanny

Wed, 17 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

n. A grandmother who cares for her grandchildren while their parents are working.

One way is that were in our grandchildrens lives more than ever before, whether from across the country thanks to Skype and FaceTime or as "granny nannies" -- in some cases full time.
—Lesley Stahl, “Grandbabies: The Great Reward for Aging,” The New York Times, May 13, 2017

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