Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It pays to increase your word power

Two neologisms, or newly coined words, I just encountered for the first time today:

1. Sexile. To banish your roomie from your dorm room while you make whoopee. The old practice was just banned at Tufts University. Yeah, sure.

2. Crowdsourcing. Having a large group of people work independently on a single task rather than one or two individuals. Sometimes used for nefarious purposes, as when a bunch of Chinese put their heads together to come up with a translation of Dan Brown's new potboiler. That's just piracy, dammit. (I never thought I'd be defending the likes of Dan Brown.)

1 comment:

  1. I loved the Tufts story. Nice to see such strict rules. (NOT!)

    Brought back memories of when we took our oldest daughter to college -- 15 years ago -- and assembled parents were given "reassurance" by the dean at orientation that birth control supplies would be available in the dorms. Mom almost had a fit... would've taken daughter home then and there if that had been an option.

    How times change, eh, Grandpa.