New Words

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The folks at are always on the lookout for new words and phrases popping up in the English language.  Here are some of the latest:

  • password fatigue n. Mental exhaustion and frustration caused by having to remember a large number of passwords. (Citations)
  • Streisand effect n. The widespread dissemination of information caused by an attempt to suppress that information. Also: Barbra Streisand effect. (Citations)
  • exergaming n. An activity that combines exercise with video game play. —adj. Also: exer-gaming. —exergame n. —exergamer n. (Citations)
  • ungoogleable n. A person for whom no information appears in an Internet search engine, particularly Google. —adj. Also: unGoogleable, ungooglable, unGoogle-able.
  • microblogging pp. Posting short thoughts and ideas to a personal blog, particularly by using instant messaging software or a cell phone. Also: micro-blogging. —microblog v., n. —microblogger n. (Citations)
  • bullycide n. The suicide of a child that occurs after that child has been bullied or harassed. (Citations)
  • hypermiler n. A person who attempts to maximize gas mileage by using driving techniques that conserve fuel. —hypermiling pp. —hypermile adj (Citations)
  • eco-anxiety n. Worry or agitation caused by concerns about the present and future state of the environment. (Citations)
  • ecosexual n. A single, environmentally conscious person with a strong aesthetic sense. Also: eco-sexual. —ecosexuality n. (Citations)