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Jun
09

New cultural jargon

As our culture changes so does our language – especially jargon [technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a group]. I’m always keeping my eyes and ears open for new words. Heard any lately? These are some I’ve recently come across.scrabble-letters

Fanboy: a superfan of a comic or film genre, as in: “He is a fanboy of all the original Batman comics.”

Gastric condom: An alternative to gastric bypass surgery in treating morbid obesity. The polymer sleeve is fed through the patient’s gullet and fixed below the stomach to prevent calorie absorption in the first 2 feet of small intestine.

Webinar: an online conference (web+seminar), as in “I am attending a webinar for bored bloggers willing to write on anything.”

Virtual Friday: the last day of work or school due to an extended weekend.

Equasy: Short for equine addiction syndrome, the clinical name for avid horsemanship.

Dark flow: An unexplained force drawing galaxy clusters toward a stretch of sky between the Vela and Centaurus constellations. As mysterious as dark energy and dark matter, dark flow may be the gravitational pull of other universes.

Virtual parent: An artificial intelligence that would converse with kids, mimicking military moms and dads who are off fighting. The US Defense Department is fielding proposals from software developers for a virtual parent able to respond tenderly when a child says, “I love you.”

Friendiligence: The amount of time it takes to maintain friend requests on social networks such as MySpace and Facebook. “I just don’t have time for all of this friendiligence!”

More recent words related to the political and financial scene include: change, bailout, maverick, and vetting

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2 Responses to “New cultural jargon”


  1. 1 Karen
    June 5, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Ah! Well, this was a virtual Friday then for our school district! 🙂

  2. 2 Kristen Doty
    June 5, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    the virtual parent concept worries me.


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