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hugovk commented on the word 996 work schedule
996 work schedule, n.
South China Morning Post, 29 March 2019:
Resentment against long working hours in China’s tech industry is growing among software developers that use the Github open development platform after a user posted a copy of China’s labour laws on the site and named two e-commerce companies that practice the 996 work schedule – 9am to 9pm, six days a week.
March 30, 2019
hugovk commented on the word dropshipper
The New York Times, 27 November 2018:
Dropshippers are online sellers who don’t keep any products in stock. Instead, they advertise a product and, if it is purchased, they buy the item from overseas and ship it directly to the customer.
December 31, 2018
hugovk commented on the word dropshipping
As it happens, uncanny ecommerce is a passion of mine, which is why my student mentioned the packages, and why I suspected that whoever was behind these retailers was doing something like “dropshipping,” just taken up a notch.
hugovk commented on the word post-millennial
Mike Brown, 20 November 2018:
And suddenly your cute adorable son is a long-haired, teenage, post-millennial.
hugovk commented on the word Slack strike
Slack strike, n.
Slate Union, 16 November 2018:
THREAD: 1/ Today, Slate’s union is conducting an hour-long Slack strike to express our unity and commitment to what we’re asking for at the table. We feel these asks are essential to the wellbeing of our workplace.
hugovk commented on the word greyware
The Register, 10 November 2018:
Researchers with Cisco Talos report that a number of knock-off apps claiming to be Telegram or Instagram clients are circulating within the country. Classified as "greyware", the apps aren't outright malicious, just extremely stalkery, collecting device and user information then sending that data to servers within Iran.
hugovk commented on the word funbux
When the feds refused to help the young man out with his request, the kid made the perfectly rational decision to lash out by making 50 separate threats blow up the Miami International Airport. His plan sort of worked, in that it finally got the attention of the FBI, but rather than send a team of agents to track down the young man's funbux, they instead arrested him.
hugovk commented on the word e-gentrification
The New York Times, 8 November 2018:
Some insist that e-carceration is “a step in the right direction.” But where are we going with this? A growing number of scholars and activists predict that “e-gentrification” is where we’re headed as entire communities become trapped in digital prisons that keep them locked out of neighborhoods where jobs and opportunity can be found.
hugovk commented on the word e-carceration
hugovk commented on the word logline
The Guardian, 30 October 2018:
Goldman’s as-yet-untitled drama will take place thousands of years before Game of Thrones and “will chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”. An official logline from the network reads: “Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend – it’s not the story we think we know.”
hugovk commented on the word anti-elite
Pete Paphides, 21 October 2018:
No BBC email trying to justify its platforming of Bannon can do so by using the word “anti-elite” – a term coined by alt-right disrupters with the specific purpose of cloaking dangerous ideas in populist language. Their goal, as Nicola Sturgeon says, is to normalise those ideas.
hugovk commented on the word ghost phone
ghost phone, n.
The Register, 16 October 2018:
The Palm brand has returned with a bizarre concept: a tiny touchscreen "ghost" phone that mirrors the contents of your real smartphone – and won’t do much without one.
hugovk commented on the word kebab case
kebab case, n. eg. this-is-kebab-case
Google Lighthouse, 26 May 2018:
The string identifier of the audit in kebab case.
hugovk commented on the word femtech
The Guardian, 12 October 2018:
But that hasn’t stopped the industry from thriving, with the launch of Moody Month, which tracks hormones and menstrual cycles , and Flo Health, an ovulation calculator, being valued at m in the same week, suggesting there is still massive demand among women for products which are invariably described as femtech.
hugovk commented on the word kebab menu
kebab menu, n.
Github, 11 October 2018:
Organization administrators can now block users from the “kebab” menu of an offending comment by clicking the “block user” menu item. Additionally, organization admins will now have the option to minimize the blocked user’s comments or notify the user that they’ve been blocked.
hugovk commented on the word hovercard
GitHub, 8 October 2018:
We’re excited to announce that you can now view issue and pull request information in a hovercard when you’re looking at issues or pull requests.
hugovk commented on the word golden visa
golden visa, n.
Yle, 9 October 2018:
While over a dozen countries in Europe – the UK included – currently issue permanent residency "golden visas" to individuals who invest money in their country, some EU states like Malta and Cyprus go one step further and also offer citizenship.
hugovk commented on the word golden passport
golden passport, n.
The Finnish MEPs say that golden passports often lead to corruption and money laundering in Europe, and should therefore be monitored closely under joint game rules, such as more transparent criteria for application. The EU politicians from Finland say that the EU cannot address the problem adequately at present because each country is free to arrange the process independently.
hugovk commented on the word cyberchondria
The Guardian, 9 October 2018:
Among the issues they are hoping to explore are cyberhoarding – reluctance to delete information gathered online – and cyberchondria – compulsively using search engines and websites in the hope of finding reassurance about medical fears, only to self-diagnose further ailments.
hugovk commented on the word cyberhoarding
hugovk commented on the word retcon
The Guardian, 28 September 2018:
The latest act of retroactive continuity (or “retcon” as it’s become known) to the source material comes via the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which confirmed that the mysterious character played by Korean actress Claudia Kim is in fact Nagini, the same Nagini who was Lord Voldemort’s right-hand-snake in the original books and film series.
hugovk commented on the word flap mash
flap mash, n.
Casquette, 22 April 2017:
As he explains, women who are considered “outie” have much more pronounced and exposed labia, and often a more prominent clitoris, meaning there is far more delicate flesh exposed to the front of the saddle. This can often lead to the dreaded “flap mash.” Innies have far less exposed soft tissue and, Cobb found, tend to prefer a saddle with a narrower nose.
hugovk commented on the word solution-thinking
Jasmijn Muller, 14 September 2018:
It is a strategic job, that requires thinking time and sometimes those thinking processes follow me while in bed or on the bike. The job is about problem-solving and solution-thinking. It means finding and analysing large amounts of data quickly and, more importantly, drawing relevant implications and recommendations for the particular client/project and expressing these in a clear, concise and actionable manner. There is no template, no routine, no repetition. We invent the wheel afresh each time, providing a custom solution to a unique situation. There are deadlines, targets and budget pressures. Often several deadlines coincide. Planning projects so that you have a clear run ahead of important cycling races is neigh-on impossible. Projects run over, or you face the inconvenient luxury of winning more work than you had anticipated. Our work is closely scrutinised as it is often in support of applications for several millions of capital investment. I regularly work on at least 4 or 5 different projects at the same time, whilst simultaneously pitching for new projects.
hugovk commented on the word receipts
The Guardian, 7 September 2018:
Unless you’ve been orbiting the Earth on a SpaceX shuttle, or maybe living under a Tesla car, you’ll probably know that rapper Azealia Banks and professional billionaire man-child Elon Musk have been embroiled in one of 2018’s oddest feuds. After a bizarre trip to Musk’s house, which the singer described as “a real life episode of Get Out” (Musk, meanwhile, claimed he hadn’t so much as spoken to Banks), she began uploading scandalous screenshots of what she alleged were private conversations with his girlfriend, fellow musician Grimes, to her Instagram story. She had, to use a phrase from the glossary of new social media-related terminology, the “receipts”, and was unafraid to use them.
hugovk commented on the word Comicsgate
Inverse, 31 August 2018:
You would be forgiven for thinking a scandal named “Comicsgate” meant Tony Stark bugged the offices Bruce Wayne. But the reality of Comicsgate, a naked pushback against progressivism and diversity in comic books, is infinitely worse. This past weekend, the year-long episode came to a head when pros from Marvel, DC, and beyond expressed solidarity against Comicsgate, which recently spiraled into harassment against Marsha Cooke, the widow of the late writer and illustrator Darwyn Cooke.
hugovk commented on the word queerbaiting
Inverse, August 2018:
Darwyn’s words sound harsh, but Marsha Cooke (@Nicest_Girl_Evr) clarified that he meant “retroactively changing … sexuality for sales promotion.” (Cooke was effectively against queerbaiting, in which producers advertise LGBTQ+ characters but underdeliver in the final story.) She added that that her husband “regretted” the “ambush interview” and that his point “was to create new characters, including gay ones.” (It’s something that also happened recently with Voltron’.
hugovk commented on the word fursona
aramis, 27 August 2018:
fuck a soundcloud link look at my fursona
hugovk commented on the word phantom bike
phantom bike, n.
The Guardian, 22 August 2018:
There have been grumbles about glitches in the app, which frequently showed as available bikes that had long disappeared (known as phantom bikes in the local parlance), as well as complaints that the bikes were too small for anyone over about 5’8” (1.73 metres). For weeks bikes could not be repaired because the spares did not arrive from China.
hugovk commented on the word ghost gun
ghost gun, n.
The Guardian, 31 July 2018:
Officials are worried that these “ghost guns” lack serial numbers, making them untraceable by law enforcement, and that plastic weapons may be impervious to metal detectors in airports. DIY firearms may also render existing gun regulations virtually moot. People who might normally be prevented from legally owning a gun, such as convicted felons or the mentally ill, could skirt such restrictions by printing them at home.
August 3, 2018
hugovk commented on the word wearable content
wearable content, n.
The Guardian, 20 May 2018:
Last month, New York magazine announced an innovative way to circumvent falling print media revenues: turning headlines from the Cut, the magazine’s popular fashion section, into slogan T-shirts, in partnership with Merch by Amazon. At (£18.50) a pop, headlines such as “What do Jared and Ivanka do all day?” or “Four men and Greta Gerwig” became what Women’s Wear Daily have dubbed “wearable content”.
hugovk commented on the word typeahead
GOV.UK Design Notes, 20 April 2017:
We’re building an autocomplete. These are sometimes called typeaheads. They can help users answer questions, and help services get more consistent data.
hugovk commented on the word squelch box
squelch box, n.
The Guardian, 15 May 2018:
Over time, Ecuador’s counter-espionage operation became mundane. In January, the agents noted that a new cleaner had started work. Typically, Assange would hold private conversations in the women’s bathroom, they wrote in a daily log. Visitors noticed that he used a “squelch box”, a counter-surveillance device that emitted a loud sound.
hugovk commented on the word roboat
The Register, 8 May 2018:
A first for Britain's naval service, the roboat, built by German firm Atlas Elektronik's UK subsidiary, drives itself around the high seas towing three auxiliary boats fitted with electro-acoustic transmitters. The transmitters generate pings that trigger modern digital mines at a safe distance from either the roboat flotilla or actual human-carrying shipping.
hugovk commented on the word ego traveller
ego traveller, n.
The Guardian, 14 May 2018:
Ego travellers don’t go on holiday. For you, travel is a spiritual pursuit, taking you on a path to inner peace, happiness and solidarity with your fellow humans (especially the guy who brings kombucha cocktails to your sun lounger and massages your feet for a dollar – he might not speak English, but you definitely feel a deep connection). Your posts on Instagram are accompanied by nonsensical pseudo-philosophical captions such as: “We all walk our own paths”, “Follow no one” and “The road will always lead you to a new sunrise #livetrue”.
hugovk commented on the word ego travel
ego travel, n.
After 50 years of putting the “shag” in Shagaluf, Club 18-30 could be coming to an end. According to Thomas Cook, the tour operator that owns the infamous holiday brand, millennials are more interested in “ego travel” than pairing off with like-minded singles over buckets of cocktails, with their tastes being shaped by what looks good when posted on social media. But what is ego travel – and are you guilty of it? Here is your guide to the narcissistic heart of modern holidaying.
hugovk commented on the word sport-washing
The Guardian, 2 May 2018:
The organisers have also been accused of “sport-washing” by allowing the start to be held in Israel. Critics claim it is an attempt to divert attention from the killing and maiming of Palestinians on the Gaza Strip.
hugovk commented on the word street pocket
street pocket, n.
Dor Caroline Wright, 03 August 2018:
Not sure why I had to justify our lovely street pockets to a motorist who said they were blocking the street, while he actually blocked the street with his massive ugly delivery van polluting our community
hugovk commented on the word apology tour
apology tour, n.
The Guardian, 10 April 2018:
Blumenthal said: “We’ve seen the apology tours before. You Mark Zuckerberg have refused to acknowledge even an ethical violation to report this violation of the FTC consent decree. My reservation about your testimony today is that I don’t see how you can change your business model unless there are specific rules of the road. Your business model is to maximise profit over privacy.”
hugovk commented on the word sucka numbers
sucka numbers, n.
The Guardian, 16 March 2018:
Hawes recounted rumours that Supreme attempts to counter the resale market by tracking resellers who, when they try to get tickets to drops are “given ‘sucka numbers’, which are late in the day and won’t allow admittance to the shop at all”.
hugovk commented on the word drop
Now a prominent trend in fashion, the queue outside certain shops as they release new collections – otherwise known as “the drop” – has become the most significant decider of success for a brand, with the raucous hype it generates outweighing other forms of traditional marketing.
hugovk commented on the word up lit
up lit, n.
Branded “up lit” by publishers, novels of kindness and compassion are making their mark on bestseller lists, with Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things also proving a hit, and this summer’s The Lido by Libby Page continuing the positive trend.
hugovk commented on the word counter-mapping
The Guardian, 6 March 2018:
What is unusual is that Sara’s story has been documented in a recent academic paper that includes a map of her journey that she herself drew. Her map appears alongside four others – also drawn by migrants. These maps include legends and scales not found on orthodox maps – unnamed river crossings, locations of kidnapping and places of refuge such as a “casa de emigrante” where officials cannot enter. Since 2011, such shelters have been identified by Mexican law as “spaces of exception”. This kind of work is an example of the growing field of counter-mapping.
hugovk commented on the word counter-map
Travelling through tree-covered areas is a slow and arduous process, as is travel through politically unstable areas. Scale on an orthodox map is uniform; counter-maps can represent psychological as well as physical distances that are rarely linear or uniform. In the town of Duvergé in the Dominican Republic, I once interviewed a Haitian migrant who had dealt with civil unrest, a long mountain chain, forests, police checkpoints and clusters of militias (chimères) on his journey across the border. Although geographically his home town was only 177km away, he was psychologically about as close to home as a Londoner is to Murmansk.
hugovk commented on the word technostress
The Guardian, 8 February 2018:
It is not healthy, either. “This ‘always on’ culture of emails is killing people,” says Professor Sir Cary Cooper, an organisational psychologist at Manchester Business School. “It leads to worry, anxiety, depression, and physical ill-health. There’s a whole field now called technostress, and the evidence is that unconstrained emails, where there is no guidance by employers, are damaging for people’s health.”
hugovk commented on the word deepfake
The Guardian, 7 February 2018:
Twitter and Pornhub have become the latest platforms to ban pornography made using AI-generated face-swap technology – known as “deepfakes” – as non-consensual porn.
hugovk commented on the word dumb bomb
dumb bomb, n.
The Russian air force has used unguided “dumb” bombs in Syria, in what UN sources say could be an effort to shift responsibility for possible war crimes and civilian deaths to their ally, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.
hugovk commented on the word flick
TechCrunch, 22 January 2018:
I was all set to dislike the “flick,” a time unit just recently invented by Facebook (technically the Oculus team), because I thought it was going to be something worthless like “the average time someone looks at a post.” In fact it’s a very clever way of dividing time that theoretically could make video and audio production much more harmonious. So what is a flick? A flick is one seven hundred and five million six hundred thousandth of a second — 1/705,600,000 if you prefer the digits, or 1.417233560090703e-9 if you prefer decimals.
hugovk commented on the word jackpotting
The Guardian, 29 January 2018:
Cybercriminals are hacking cash machines to force them to give out money in what is known as “jackpotting”, according to two of the world’s largest ATM makers and the US Secret Service.
hugovk commented on the word exitscam
Assclown McStevens, 28 January 2018:
a shitcoin startup called Prodeum just exitscammed with millions of investor dollars and left them the following message on their site
hugovk commented on the word shitcoin
hugovk commented on the word day zero
day zero, n.
The Guardian, 24 January 2018:
Local authorities have warned its 4 million inhabitants that if they do not reduce consumption by “day zero” – 12 April – they will have to queue at 200 standpipes for daily rations of 25 litres (6.6 US gallons).
hugovk commented on the word space graffiti
space graffiti, n.
The Guardian, 26 January 2018:
“Wow. Intentionally bright long-term space graffiti. Thanks a lot @RocketLab,” California Institute of Technology astronomer Mike Brown wrote on Twitter.
hugovk commented on the word episodic anthology
episodic anthology, n.
Digg, 19 January 2018:
Still, not long after "Amazing Stories" left the airwaves came "Freddy's Nightmares," an "Elm Street" tie-in horror anthology that rarely even featured Freddy Krueger in its stories, and HBO launched "Tales from the Crypt" with a raft of star actors and directors. As the 1990s dawned, as a form the episodic anthology was well and truly stuck in the shadow of both "The Twilight Zone" and of feature films.
hugovk commented on the word Peak TV
Peak TV, n.
If the plans of various networks and streaming services pan out, our current Peak TV era is about to enter a new phase: the full-fledged comeback of the episodic anthology series.
hugovk commented on the word episodic anthology series
episodic anthology series, n.
The episodic anthology series (e.g. "Black Mirror" and "The Twilight Zone"; not "Fargo" or "American Horror Story") should also be seen as a potential creative godsend to a medium in many ways is beleaguered by too-lengthy narratives. For every serialized television show that never fails to impress us, there are a handful that take their sweet time getting good, and plenty that are never worth a damn. If you've ever involuntarily rolled your eyes when a friend swore their favorite show "gets there by the third season," then having your pick of a bunch of one-shot, low-investment stories from all sorts of writers and directors could be a welcome reprieve.
hugovk commented on the word thirst trap
thirst trap, n.
The Guardian, 15 January 2018:
Sexy swimwear selfies are great; everyone needs a January ego boost. But thirst traps – hot photo uploads designed for raking in likes – are a strange way to communicate with your partner, who wakes up to your snoring, nearly naked body every morning. It doesn’t take a detective to deduce that a photo of you looking your absolute best might be aimed at a wider audience.
hugovk commented on the word deep like
deep like, n.
Under 21s call this the "deep like": scrolling back on social media and liking someone’s photos from weeks ago. It’s micro-cheating because it’s intended to send a signal that says: "Look, I burrowed into your history and I don’t care if you know it!"" or "See, I found you fit in 2016, too!" All in all, best to avoid liking anything more than one week old.
hugovk commented on the word micro-cheating
When I accidentally liked my ex’s photo, and my girlfriend found out, I also wished I had a nuclear bunker to hide in. According to experts, I am not alone: these social media flirtations – newly named as “micro-cheating” – threaten to ruin relationships everywhere.
hugovk commented on the word wypipo
The Grapevine, 28 April 2017:
Adrienne Keene is a Native American scholar and activist against the appropriation of her culture. On Monday she tweeted this picture of a wypipo Woodstock attendee wearing a Native American headdress
hugovk commented on the word smart speaker
smart speaker, n.
The Guardian, 6 January 2018:
Move over smartphones. The battle now raging between the big technology companies for consumer cash is focused on the voice-controlled smart speaker.
hugovk commented on the list new-to-me--2017
See also https://hugovk.github.io/wordnik-tools/output/
January 5, 2018
hugovk commented on the word shitgibbon compound
shitgibbon compound, n.
Daniel Midgley, 16 February 2017:
Discussion in the linguistic world has been swirling of late around a set of peculiar sweary compounds like shitgibbon, wankpuffin, and jizztrumpet. Ben Zimmer reveals their history, Taylor Jones describes their construction, and Gretchen McColloch discusses their constraints. She also proposes the term shitgibbon compounds, which I think is smashing, and I’m going to use it here.
hugovk commented on the word Grinch bot
Grinch bot, n.
The Atlantic, 14 December 2017:
he new holiday showdown pits humans against software. It’s not a fair fight. A fleet of bots—software programs that can automate activities like search, chat, and online ordering—have been dispatched by anonymous online scalpers to buy up the most popular children’s toys on the internet. These bots overwhelm retail sites with bulk orders from multiple IP addresses and autofill payment and address information faster than humanly possible. Hence, the apt nickname: Grinch bots.
hugovk commented on the word blaccent
Teen Vogue, 2 August 2017:
Unlike other physical executions of blackface (such as by Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder, Sarah Silverman on her own show, Rachel Dolezal, or the authors of AB to Jay-Z) that require physical alternations and usually a change in demeanor (like Iggy Azalea’s “blaccent”), digital blackface is in some ways a more seamless transformation. Digital blackface uses the relative anonymity of online identity to embody blackness. In the case of Mandi Harrington, a white woman who masqueraded as the fictional “LaQueeta Jones,” digital blackface became a means for her to defend musician Ani DiFranco’s decision to host a retreat at a slave plantation. Digital minstrels often operate under stolen profile pictures and butchered AAVE. Quite often it comes in the form of an excessive use of reaction GIFs with images of black people.
hugovk commented on the word digital blackface
digital blackface, n.
If you’ve never heard of the term before, “digital blackface” is used to describe various types of minstrel performance that become available in cyberspace. Blackface minstrelsy is a theatrical tradition dating back to the early 19th century, in which performers “blacken” themselves up with costume and behaviors to act as black caricatures. The performances put society’s most racist sensibilities on display and in turn fed them back to audiences to intensify these feelings and disperse them across culture. Many of our most beloved entertainment genres owe at least part of themselves to the minstrel stage, including vaudeville, film, and cartoons. While often associated with Jim Crow–era racism, the tenets of minstrel performance remain alive today in television, movies, music and, in its most advanced iteration, on the Internet.
hugovk commented on the word enby
Elizabeth Sampat, 19 November 2017:
Also: huge love to transmasc people in the closet, butch enbys who are tired of getting grouped in with women, cis dudes who despair of finding the good things about their gender. (You are the good things.) #InternationalMensDay
hugovk commented on the word transmasc
hugovk commented on the word health attack
health attack, n.
The Guardian, 14 September 2017:
The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he’d walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room. Soon came the hearing loss, and the speech problems, symptoms both similar and altogether different from others among at least 21 US victims in an astonishing international mystery still unfolding in Cuba. The top US diplomat has called them “health attacks”.
hugovk commented on the word wake word
wake word, n.
The Guardian, 9 January 2017:
And so to Dallas, Texas, where a six-year-old girl made the mistake of asking Alexa: “Can you play dollhouse with me and get me a dollhouse?” Alexa promptly complied by ordering a (£140) KidKraft doll’s house and, for reasons known only to the virtual assistant, four pounds of sugar cookies. The snafu snowballed when a San Diego TV station reported the story, using the “wake word” Alexa, which is the Amazon Echo equivalent of saying Candyman five times into the mirror. Several viewers called the station to complain that their own Alexa had woken up and ordered more doll’s houses in what turned into a thoroughly 21st-century comedy of consumer errors. And a bonanza day for KidKraft.
hugovk commented on the word tweet zero
tweet zero, n.
Braulio Agnese, 11 April 2017:
This is a good candidate for "tweet zero" re election & "hold my beer" ...
hugovk commented on the word chin and forehead
chin and forehead, n.
The Guardian, 29 March 2017:
The new phones’ most eye-catching feature is an almost completely bezel-free display, running the full width of the device, even curving around the edge (akin to the screen on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge), and shrinking the chin and forehead of the front screen to tiny slivers. Samsung’s calls this the “infinity display”, and even the home button has been removed, replaced with a pressure-sensitive section at the bottom of the screen.
hugovk commented on the word video assistant referee
video assistant referee, n.
The Guardian, 28 March 2017:
France twice fell foul of decisions made by a video assistant referee (VAR) in a high-profile example of the new technology during their 2-0 home defeat against Spain.
hugovk commented on the word VAR
hugovk commented on the word Trumpspeak
The Guardian, 24 March 2017:
In Trumpspeak, a speaker can never be accused of lying if he’s simply repeating the statements of others; it is the responsibility of those who make original claims to check for the accuracy and truthfulness of their assertions, not the person who repeats them – even if that person happens to be the most powerful person and speaker on the planet.
hugovk commented on the word gaymoji
The Guardian, 21 March 2017:
Gaymoji … is that like gay emoji? Got it in one! Now that the world communicates mostly using little cartoon symbols, the gay dating app Grindr has introduced its own symbols – or “gaymoji” – to represent gay life.
hugovk commented on the word quarterlife
The Guardian, 16 March 2017:
Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious and very strange. It is a ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a sympathetically realist portrait of numbed quarterlife loneliness, and it’s all held together by a really outstanding performance from Kristen Stewart who, in her unforced and unaffected normality, gives us a way into the drama, with all its natural and supernatural happenings. Stewart is eligible for next year’s Oscars, but acting like this hardly ever gets prizes. She makes it all look easy.
hugovk commented on the word Trumpcare
Angus Johnston, 13 March 2017:
According to the CBO, Trumpcare isn't just worse than Obamacare at covering Americans. It's worse than repealing Obamacare, too.
hugovk commented on the word gearheadedness
The New Yorker, 2 March 2017:
**“**And real hi-fi, like the best equipment,” Fleming said. “He was such a gearhead.” Reed’s gearheadedness is described wonderfully in a book that Anderson, Fleming, and Stern put together to accompany the huge boxed set of Reed’s RCA and Arista solo albums, remastered by Reed, Hal Willner, and Rob Santos, in the final months of Reed’s life. The book, full of visual and textual amazements, is like a taste of the archive.
hugovk commented on the word skip-level
Susan Fowler, 19 February 2017:
In the background, there was a game-of-thrones political war raging within the ranks of upper management in the infrastructure engineering organization. It seemed like every manager was fighting their peers and attempting to undermine their direct supervisor so that they could have their direct supervisor's job. No attempts were made by these managers to hide what they were doing: they boasted about it in meetings, told their direct reports about it, and the like. I remember countless meetings with my managers and skip-levels where I would sit there, not saying anything, and the manager would be boasting about finding favor with their skip-level and that I should expect them to have their manager's job within a quarter or two. I also remember a very disturbing team meeting in which one of the directors boasted to our team that he had withheld business-critical information from one of the executives so that he could curry favor with one of the other executives (and, he told us with a smile on his face, it worked!).
hugovk commented on the word serpentine queue
serpentine queue, n.
The Guardian, 19 February 2017:
The “serpentine queue”, as it is known, solves this problem by making everybody wait in one long line that snakes through a maze of barriers. On reaching the front, you are called to whichever cashier is free next, thus sharing the effect of the mortgage applicant evenly between all customers and ensuring everybody gets served in the order they arrive. Crucially, although they are long, serpentine queues move quickly, which is better for morale. “People get a sense of progress,” Furnham says. Encouragingly, serpentine queues now sometimes form spontaneously, for instance in front of a bank of cash machines.
hugovk commented on the word microcontent
Nielsen Norman Group, 29 January 2017:
Definition: Microcontent is a type of UX copywriting in the form of short text fragments or phrases, often presented with no additional contextual support. Microcontent usually communicates key messages in a concise form: it can be used to describe an article or long blog post, add clarity to an interface, or encourage a desired behavior.
hugovk commented on the word winter fingerprints
winter fingerprints, n.
The Guardian, 20 January 2017:
Happily, there are many possible solutions. One is to use a lot of hand cream, and try to keep your fingertips summery and youthful. Another is to teach your phone the “fingerprints” of your gloves. Indeed, there are gloves made specifically for this purpose. Some people have even found that you can record a nose print instead of a finger, although it is not clear that the skin on your nose is any more resilient. Probably the best solution overall is to install a new set of “winter fingerprints” with your worn fingers, much as you might switch to a winter wardrobe. And just as classy, I’m sure you will agree.
hugovk commented on the word ghosting
The Guardian, 16 January 2017:
As for ghosting tech, it’s likely that its full potential will only be seen in a decade or so. As Disney’s swift intervention to clarify the Post’s Cumberbatch story proves, studios are wary of any sense that they are “cheating” their audiences. In light of the Mouse House’s equally rapid rebuttal last week of reports that it is planning to bring the late Carrie Fisher back for Star Wars: Episode IX, it also seems unlikely there will be a repeat, any time soon, of the situation that saw Paul Walker appear posthumously in Fast and Furious 7.
hugovk commented on the word shrinkflation
The Guardian, 13 January 2017:
“There’s also shrinkflation. Shops know customers only want to pay £4 for a pack and so rather than put the price up they make the packet size smaller,” he said.
hugovk commented on the word Happiness Rocketeer
December 14, 2017
hugovk commented on the word squeezewax
Squeeze WaxA good-natured foolish fellow, ready to become security for another, under hand and seal.Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.
A good-natured foolish fellow, ready to become security for another, under hand and seal.
Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.
A cutthroat compound.
September 15, 2017
hugovk commented on the word Trexit
The Guardian, 18 May 2017:
Trexit? Online gamblers bet on early end to Trump presidency
May 18, 2017
hugovk commented on the word text neck
text neck, n.
Yle, 14 March 2017:
More and more young people in Finland are developing "text neck" as a result of spending so much time in a slumped position. Experts say that if a person’s posture is compromised, many other health problems can follow.
March 14, 2017
hugovk commented on the word screen slouch
screen slouch, n.
Screen slouch to blame for children's bad posture
hugovk commented on the word cheese dream
It's a common belief in Britain that (certain types of) cheese before bed can give you weird dreams or nightmares.
In A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge blamed cheese for causing his ghostly night-time encounters. He only ate “a crumb”, and the story may have had a happy ending, but the idea that cheese gives you nightmares still persists. Is there any truth to this?
February 22, 2017
hugovk commented on the list terms-that-are-examples-of-the-term
Do CamelCase and snake_case etc. count?
And lowercase and UPPERCASE?
February 18, 2017
hugovk commented on the list words-i-stumble-across-2016
I've made a single-pager of your words here!
January 6, 2017
hugovk commented on the word analogue handset
analogue handset, n. a retronym for a non-smart digital phone, a dumbphone, a feature phone
The Independent, 12 January 2016:
The actor Eddie Redmayne ditched his smartphone in favour of an analogue handset to help him live “in the moment”, he has revealed.
The Guardian, 17 January 2016:
In an instant, I processed my shock into potential content provision, opining internally that Eddie Redmayne’s analogue handset represented, to me, almost the last link to a better time: a time before the stress of instant communication, the death of casual contemplation and the inevitable dumbing-down caused by an oceanic volume of immediate information: train times, species of woodlouse, the original line-up of BMX Bandits.
hugovk commented on the word pod
pod, n. A podcast
The Guardian, 21 December 2016:
The daddy of British podcasting is beloved for good reason. His pod is laced with the same creativity and nerdy attention to detail as everything he has ever done.
January 5, 2017
hugovk commented on the word faithless elector
faithless elector, n.
The Guardian, 19 December 2016:
In the end, the so-called “faithless electors” of the US electoral college failed resoundingly in their aim to stop Donald Trump from reaching the White House. But they did strike a small but significant blow for reform of America’s arcane way of choosing the president.
hugovk commented on the word reverse showrooming
Midwinter Human, 18 December 2016:
I saw 2 people in 2 different bookshops doing "reverse showrooming" yesterday. That's when you show a bookseller an Amazon link on your phone & say "have you got this book?"
That's when you show a bookseller an Amazon link on your phone & say "have you got this book?"
hugovk commented on the word speed listening
The New York Times, 12 December 2016:
With them all offering uncountable hours of addictive programming, how is a listener or viewer supposed to keep up? For some, the answer is speed watching or speed listening — taking in the content at accelerated speeds, sometimes two times as fast as normal.
hugovk commented on the word speed watching
hugovk commented on the word cabinet of billionaires
cabinet of billionaires, n.
The Guardian, 18 December 2016:
Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who campaigned for the Democratic nomination and promised that, if elected, he would redistribute the vast wealth of the 1% to poorer families, has dubbed Trump’s top team the “cabinet of billionaires”.
hugovk commented on the word new bastards
new bastards, n.
The Guardian, 13 December 2016:
The group has been characterised as the “new bastards” in reference to the anti-EU backbench rebels who haunted John Major in the 1990s. However, those planning to attend insisted they were not aiming to make trouble.
hugovk commented on the word deja vu-quel
deja vu-quel, n.
This latest exhilarating, good-natured and enjoyable adventure from the Star Wars imaginary universe is written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, and directed by Britain’s Gareth Edwards; it comes from a time which now doesn’t seem so very long ago. The film’s action occurs some time between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV, A New Hope. So it’s a mid-quel or a deja vu-quel. Character archetypes, mythic confrontations, desperate hologram messages, dads real and quasi-, uniforms and hairstyles are always rising recognisably to the surface. Like superhero films or westerns or romcoms, Star Wars invented its own recurring generic components, and to complain or even notice now seems almost as beside the point as recognising familiar chord progressions in the blues. It is noticeable that the newish motif of the defector or renegade, which featured in The Force Awakens, pops up again here.
hugovk commented on the word mid-quel
hugovk commented on the word deep tech
deep tech, n.
Yle, 1 December 2016:
The paper looks at a study carried out by the international investment group Atomico which says that deep tech companies are blossoming in Europe. These are companies whose operations are grounded in demanding technological development, as contrasted to companies based on a business model, such as Uber.
hugovk commented on the word thunderstorm asthma
thunderstorm asthma, n.
The Guardian, 24 November 2016:
Clarence Leo, a father-of two from Noble Park, Apollo Papadopoulos, 35, Hope Carnevali, 20, and year-12 student Omar Moujalled all died following asthma attacks believed to have been triggered by the weather, a rare event described as “thunderstorm asthma”.
hugovk commented on the word JAM
The Guardian, 20 November 2016:
In a hint that he would offer some help to the so-called Jams – “just about managing” – on Wednesday, Hammond said he would support people “who work hard and by and large do not feel that they are sharing in the prosperity that economic growth is bringing to the country”.
hugovk commented on the word chyron
The Guardian, 22 November 2016:
And yet, still, headlines were tentative. The New York Times gesticulated wildly toward Nazism without actually using the word (“Alt-Right Exults in Donald Trump’s Election With a Salute: ‘Heil Victory’”), and a CNN panel managed to avoid saying “Nazi” entirely, despite discussing a chyron that read, “Alt-right founder questions if Jews are people.”
hugovk commented on the word plain-speak
So I was heartened yesterday when KUOW, a public radio station in Seattle, released a statement announcing that they will be substituting “white supremacy” or “white nationalism” for “alt-right”. The reasoning, laid out in a memo to staff: “‘Alt right’ doesn’t mean anything, and normalises something that is far from normal. So we need to plain-speak it.”
hugovk commented on the word hard Brexit
hard Brexit, n.
Financial Times, 6 November 2016:
Thus a promise to dispense with the European Court of Justice (“hard Brexit”, in the phrase banned in Downing Street) has had to be balanced by a promise to Japanese carmaker Nissan that it will not lose access to the single market (soft Brexit). There are countless such circles to be squared. Then there are the voters. Will they be enthusiastic about Brexit a year from now when sterling’s fall is feeding through into cuts in living standards?
hugovk commented on the word soft Brexit
soft Brexit, n.
hugovk commented on the word long Brexit
long Brexit, n.
A hard Brexit or something softer? Theresa May refuses to admit the choice between a clean break or a continuing close association once Britain quits the EU. Privately as well as publicly, the prime minister dismisses binary alternatives. She prefers to contemplate what you might call a “long” Brexit. Britain will be out of the union within two years or so but nothing too disruptive will happen until many years beyond that.
hugovk commented on the word funsultant
The Guardian, 12 December 2016:
In The Wellness Syndrome, the book I wrote with Carl Cederström, we took a look at the increasing fascination with happiness at work. We found a growing industry of “funsultants” offering advice on how to make workforces more positive. Firms such as Zappos have started to employ chief happiness officers. There is also a booming field of management research on positivity at work.
December 12, 2016
hugovk commented on the word chief happiness officer
hugovk commented on the word bikelash
The Bike Show, 20 November 2016:
After the big victories for London cycle campaigners and the construction of two new fully segregated bike lanes in the centre of the city, the bikelash has begun. Lead by newspapers like the Daily Mail as well as a raft of celebrity commentators, taxi drivers and disgruntled business owners, the reaction to progress in cycle infrastructure has been vociferous. What is bikelash, why is it happening and what can we do about it? Joining Jack Thurston are the London Cycling Campaign’s ‘campaigner of the year’ Clare Rogers of the Enfield Cycling Campaign and Robert Wright of the Financial Times.
November 21, 2016
hugovk commented on the word volcel
The Guardian, 15 November 2016:
I know about the “men going their own way” movement, which is based around the idea that men should avoid any sort of romantic or sexual relationship with women. I’m aware of “traditional marriage” advocates, who often argue that you should aim to marry a very young woman as she’s likely to be easier to control. I also learned the difference between an “incel” who is involuntarily celibate, and a “volcel” who makes a deliberate choice to avoid sexual activity, and sometimes also masturbation, often in the belief that ejaculation depletes their testosterone and saps them of masculine power.
November 16, 2016
hugovk commented on the word incel
incel, n.The Guardian, 15 November 2016:
hugovk commented on the word manosphere
For several years now, I’ve had a dark and fairly unusual hobby. When I’m alone and bored and the mood strikes me, I’ll open up my laptop and head for a particularly unsavoury corner of the internet.No, not the bit you’re thinking of. Somewhere far worse. That loose network of blogs, forums, subreddits and alternative media publications colloquially known as the “manosphere”. An online subculture centred around hatred, anger and resentment of feminism specifically, and women more broadly. It’s grimly fascinating and now troubling relevant.
No, not the bit you’re thinking of. Somewhere far worse. That loose network of blogs, forums, subreddits and alternative media publications colloquially known as the “manosphere”. An online subculture centred around hatred, anger and resentment of feminism specifically, and women more broadly. It’s grimly fascinating and now troubling relevant.
hugovk commented on the word reacji
Slack, 4 November 2016:
One year later, we’ve found that a handful of emoji reactions—or “reacji” as we sometimes say—go a long way in replacing follow-up messages.
November 9, 2016
hugovk commented on the word whitelash
Van Jones, 09 November 2016:
But there's another side to this. People have talked about a miracle. I'm hearing about a nightmare. It's hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids: 'Don't be a bully'. You tell your kids: 'Don't be a bigot'. You tell your kids: 'Do your homework and be prepared'. And then you have this outcome and you have people putting children to bed tonight and they're afraid of breakfast. They're afraid of: 'How do I explain this to my children?' I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight saying: 'Shall I leave the country?' I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight. This was many things. This was a rebellion against the elites. True, it was a complete reinvention of politics and polls, it's true. But it was also something else. We've talked about race... I mean: we have talked about everything but race tonight. We have talked about income, we've talked about class, we've talked about region. We haven't talked about race. This was a whitelash. This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president in part, and that's the part where the pain comes. And Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside. Yeah. When you say you want to take your country back, you got a lot of people who feel we're not represented well either. But we don't want to feel that someone has been elected by throwing away some of us, to appeal more deeply to others. This is a deeply painful moment tonight. I know it's not just about race, there's more going on than that. But race is here too and we got to talk about it.
But it was also something else. We've talked about race... I mean: we have talked about everything but race tonight. We have talked about income, we've talked about class, we've talked about region. We haven't talked about race. This was a whitelash. This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president in part, and that's the part where the pain comes.
And Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside. Yeah. When you say you want to take your country back, you got a lot of people who feel we're not represented well either. But we don't want to feel that someone has been elected by throwing away some of us, to appeal more deeply to others. This is a deeply painful moment tonight. I know it's not just about race, there's more going on than that. But race is here too and we got to talk about it.
hugovk commented on the word honeybots
Nora Reed, 13 October 2016:
Over the past few months, I’ve been making a handful of “honeybots”– bots that act as a honeypot for Twitter troll. There are a lot of people on Twitter who search for specific terms and then yell at people who mention them; they go on about topics that range from chemtrails and the flat earth to various alt-right people with cult followings to atheism. A handful of bullies particularly like to search for people who mention them negatively and then retweet those people to their followers, leading a harassment mob to their virtual door.
October 14, 2016
hugovk commented on the word honeybot
hugovk commented on the word filky
The first isn't: "Say hi to all the filky type people I will be missing" is a jokey reply after the author typoed "film trivia".
The others are long-s silky.
October 9, 2016
hugovk commented on the word flash crash
flash crash, n.
The Guardian, 7 October 2016:
Naeem Aslam, the chief market analyst at currency trader Think Markets, said: “What we had was insane – call it flash crash, but the move of this magnitude really tells you how low the currency can really go. Hard Brexit has haunted sterling.”
hugovk commented on the word fat finger error
fat finger error, n.
Potential causes of sterling flash crash that compounded earlier losses include ‘fat finger’ error and computer-generated trade
hugovk commented on the word storystream
storystream, n.The Verge, 18 September 2016:
In this Storystream
October 8, 2016
hugovk commented on the word incentivised review
incentivised review, n.
The Guardian, 20 September 2016:
So-called incentivised reviews, where people are given products in return for write-ups on Amazon, are skewing results, artificially increasing the star ratings, according to a report.
hugovk commented on the word survival sim
survival sim, n.
Firewatch looks like a survival sim, but what you’re really grappling with is solutitude
hugovk commented on the word walking sim
walking sim, n.
Now, of course, we recognise Dear Esther as one of the originators in a new sub-genre of games, often termed walking sims. Subsequent titles such as Gone Home, Firewatch and the Stanley Parable have taken the premise of a minimalist interactive experience, and pushed it in new directions, though the fundaments are often the same: no puzzles, no enemies, just story, sound and movement. Newcomers like The Grave and Niten promise to take things further.
hugovk commented on the word punishment pass
punishment pass, n.
The Guardian, 16 September 2016:
When Mark Hodson gets on his bike in the morning, like many cyclists in the UK, he has come to expect a few close calls. Perhaps drivers will whizz past him too close, or someone will even try a ‘punishment pass’.
hugovk commented on the word cattle-class
cattle-class, adj.The Guardian, 7 September 2016:
It follows London to Essex operator c2c introducing its own metro service last year, refurbishing 20% of its trains by stripping out seats, creating more standing space and introducing overhead hand straps to help pack in 150 extra passengers on rush hour services.
Commuters coming into Birmingham, the UK’s second biggest metropolitan area, are also likely to experience the subtle shift towards a metro-style, cattle-class journey soon.
hugovk commented on the word end of life
end of life, v.
Sauce Labs (email), 2 September 2016:
Due to limited usage and a better user experience in the new UI we’ve decided to end of life old user interface on October 30th, 2016. Right after that deadline, all of our users will be defaulted to the new UI, and controls to switch back will be removed.
hugovk commented on the word frosé
frosé, n.The Guardian, 29 August 2016:
Frosé: this summer’s hottest drinks trend is a wine Slush Puppie
Frozen rosé is a hit in London and New York’s finest bars – and wine experts are horrified
hugovk commented on the word prenote
DrupalCamp Finland, 26 August 2016:
Prenote by @Hehkulamppu #drupalcampfi
hugovk commented on the word zombie killer
zombie killer, n.
The Guardian, 15 August 2016:
Earlier this year a 17-year-old was convicted of manslaughter and jailed after teenage student Stefan Appleton was stabbed to death with a “zombie killer” knife in north London in June 2015.
hugovk commented on the word zombie killer knives
zombie killer knives, n.
“Zombie killer knives glamorise violence and cause devastating damage – they have no place whatsoever in our society.”
hugovk commented on the word zombie knives
zombie knives, n.
Morris Bright, of the Local Government Association (LGA), said: “Zombie knives have only one purpose – to threaten, injure or kill someone – and this ban, which the LGA has called for, will help reduce the number of lethal blades in society and stop online retailers unwittingly fuelling criminal activity which can lead to tragedy.
hugovk commented on the word sneakerhead
The Guardian, 13 August 2016:
The global trainer (or sneaker, for the Americans) resale market is estimated to be worth bn. What sends “sneakerheads” – those who collect or trade shoes – into a frenzy is trading in limited edition footwear from major sports brands paired with celebrities such as Eminem and Kanye West. The potential for hobbyists to make money is fuelled by websites such as StockX and K’lekt, whose trading platforms have helped improve liquidity and price transparency in the opaque secondary market.
hugovk commented on the word deadstock
For the novice, understanding trainer chic can be as hard to get your head around as Libor. For starters, sellers focus on “deadstock”, a name given to pristine unworn shoes. Then there is figuring out which way the fashion wind is blowing. Forums earnestly debate subjects such as, “What do Chinese sneakerheads think about Yeezys?” and, “Is the Jordan hype slowing down?”.
hugovk commented on the word alternative investment
alternative investment, n.
“Alternative investment” classes –in fine wine, whisky and art – have enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years as wealthy investors looked for a place to park cash away from financial markets after the credit crunch shredded their share portfolios. But can trainer trading really be a path to riches for people with a nose for street fashion?
hugovk commented on the word bottomless brunch
bottomless brunch, n.
The Guardian, 2 August 2016:
When brunch first arrived in Britain, it was a novelty just to be able to order a fry-up after 10am – but it was never going to be long before we wanted in on the mimosa action we saw Carrie, Samantha et al enjoying on the small screen. “Bottomless brunches”, including all the booze you can drink, have long been de rigueur in the US, where waffles and a couple of cocktails have become a Mother’s Day tradition. But in the UK, where “a couple” is not a recognised serving of alcohol, we’ve not only embraced the idea, but made it our own.
hugovk commented on the word un-grandfather
The Guardian, 18 July 2016:
The main reasons for the lack of membership growth is the company’s plan to un-grandfather members from their old plans, which cost .99 a month, Netflix explained. The price hike was announced in 2014, but the company promised members that they could keep their old rate for two more years. In May of this year, some of the members on the old plan were notified that their prices were about to go up. The members are usually notified 30 days before the cost of their plan goes up.
hugovk commented on the word day-and-date release
day-and-date release, n.
The Guardian, 14 July 2016:
The “day-and-date” release is not an entirely new concept. Smaller films have been launched on both theatrical and digital platforms simultaneously for a few years now, with some notable success stories. Last year, the Oscar-nominated drama 45 Years became the highest-grossing and widest-playing film to have utilised this strategy, making around £2m despite being available at home at the same time.
hugovk commented on the word post-factual democracy
post-factual democracy, n.Nicholas Barrett, Financial Times, 26 June 2016:
Third, we now appear to live in a post-factual democracy. When Michael Gove, the pro-Brexit justice secretary, was told by Faisal Islam of Sky News in an interview that “the leaders of the US, India, China, Australia, every single one of our allies, the Bank of England, the IFS, IMF, the CBI, five former Nato secretary generals and the chief executive of the NHS” were all against Britain’s exit, the response was remarkable. “I think the people of this country have had enough of experts,” he replied.
October 6, 2016
hugovk commented on the word smart decline
smart decline, n.
The Guardian, 20 June 2016:
Right in the heart of Gorton, there is an area of open space on the corner of Mount Road and Matthews Lane which has effectively been returned to nature – the practice sometimes referred to as “smart decline” – as part of a recent local urban regeneration programme. Indeed, there are large unused areas of land across the neighbourhood, which seems odd when Manchester is predicted to experience significant population growth over the next 10 years. One would think that land would be at a premium.
hugovk commented on the word challenge run
challenge run, n.
The Guardian, 20 May 2016:
When it comes to games, I’m not alone in my obsessive pursuit of self-imposed restrictions. The concept of the “challenge run” – where players voluntarily add constraints to their playthroughs – is increasingly popular. A quick search on Twitch or YouTube will yield hundreds of results, whether it’s taking on the exceedingly tough Dark Souls Soul Level One challenge, racing against time finishing epics like Deus Ex in under an hour, or completing something like Fallout 3: New Vegas without killing anyone (or instead, killing everyone, if that’s your bag).
hugovk commented on the word reverse pitch
reverse pitch, v.
Keskustakirjasto, 6 May 2016:
Some of the key problems have been located while planning The new Central Library. We naturally would like to solve the problems but we also welcome the new ideas to make the new Central Library a great service center for all. This is where the inventors, innovators and start-ups come in. Our ideas and needs were reverse pitched at AiroBot 2016 at Airo Island, Helsinki, April 13-14.2016. Here is all the material which was shown at the event plus some more. There is a budget of max 500.000€ for the purchase of robots.
hugovk commented on the word battlespace
The Guardian, 13 May 2016:
“The scramble went exactly as planned, we launched our Typhoon aircraft quickly and then using our advanced sensors and mission systems, combined with support from our battlespace managers on the ground, carried out textbook intercepts of the three aircraft.”
hugovk commented on the word Bin Laden
Bin Laden, n.The Guardian, 04 May 2016:
The European Central Bank has phased out the €500 (£400) note, nicknamed the “Bin Laden” because of its association with money-laundering and terror financing – and because while many people know what it looks like, few have ever seen one.
hugovk commented on the word vote brigading
vote brigading, n.
Hacker News, 5 May 2016:
Second, we found evidence of vote brigading, something we'd disqualify others for. I don't believe that Maciej organized a voting ring (actually I don't believe he'd give it a second's thought), but when we dug into the data we found that the votes for Pinboard look dramatically different from the votes for the other startups. I presume this is the effect of Pinboard's (deservedly) large audience being asked to promote the post, e.g. at https://twitter.com/Pinboard/status/727255170594131968 and https://twitter.com/Pinboard/status/719599297604390912. We didn't know about those links earlier; we only found out about them from user complaints after the runoff was posted. But we would and did disqualify people for soliciting votes on a small scale, so it wouldn't be right to allow soliciting them on a large one.
hugovk commented on the word ghost driver
ghost driver, n.
The Guardian, 22 September 2016:
China has a so-called “ghost driver” problem, with Uber passengers being scammed out of rides and money, fearful of being picked up by what looks like a zombie. According to local reports, pick-up requests are being met by Uber drivers using zombie-like profile shots to scare would-be passengers into cancelling their rides, which means the driver is paid a small cancellation fee.
September 22, 2016
hugovk commented on the list cycling-loanwords
Thanks slumry, added!
August 8, 2016
hugovk commented on the word Texit
The Guardian, 19 June 2016:
'Why not Texit?': Texas nationalists look to the Brexit vote for inspiration
June 19, 2016
hugovk commented on the word brocialist
Marcus H. Johnson, 15 June 2016:
Bernie Sanders didn’t win, but he did reveal that we have much work to do with racism and sexism on the left. In previous cycles, Democrats might have assumed that most racists and misogynists resided on the right side of the political spectrum. Sadly, this simply isn’t the case. Sanders’ candidacy revealed a brocialist movement, which became notorious for attacking women and minorities who even mildly criticized Sanders online. Brocialism can be defined quite simply: self-proclaimed socialists who put class issues over race and gender issues. Brocialists believe that fighting for diversity in government and business is simply a distraction to the class struggle.
June 17, 2016
hugovk commented on the word brocialism
hugovk commented on the word digital dark age
digital dark age, n.
The Long + Short, 12 May 2016:
Today, we tend to assume that digital files are permanent, don't degrade and don't need looking after to the same extent as physical materials like vellum or microfilm. But this is an illusion: few things age faster than technology. Numerous archivists and IT researchers express concerns about a possible "digital dark age" – a future scenario in which today's carefully digitised files become inaccessible as their technology is rendered obsolete. Think only of your own MiniDiscs, VHS tapes or floppy disks. In Finland, every file is digitised in three formats (two different JPEGs and an 'original' TIFF, a format archivists regard as unlikely to be rendered obsolete) to help militate against such developments. Each of these TIFFs is stored on two separate tapes in different locations by a governmental non-profit in Espoo, Finland's second city. A good old-fashioned fire therefore remains a significant problem, although – unlike in the days of the Library of Alexandria – digitisation, like the printing press, has increased document security through multiple copies and multiple locations.
June 9, 2016
hugovk commented on the word parklet
City of Helsinki, 25 May 2016:
A parklet is a sidewalk extension on a street parking space, which is temporarily put to some other use than parking. A business can lease a parklet, for example, for a café terrace, green space or some other activity suitable for the street environment.
May 25, 2016
hugovk commented on the word hyper-reality rap
hyper-reality rap, n.
The Guardian, 28 April 2016:
From Clipse to TI, the trap was rap’s reigning metaphor during the first decade of the 21st century, a reference to the place where drugs are sold but also the idea of that life as a dead end (along with the related idea of luring and enslaving the clientele, mostly members of the dealer’s own race, class, community). In Drake’s decade, the 2010s, fame itself – the escape-route alternative to crime pursued by gangsta rappers – has become a trap of its own. The godfathers of gangsta, NWA talked about “reality rap”; Drake’s self-invented genre is unreality rap, or perhaps hyper-reality rap. Both the mise-en-scène and the topics of his songs – penthouse suites, after-show parties, VIP rooms, award shows, inter-celebrity dating, internet gossip, the proliferation of the public self as an image and a meme – are remote from the world most of us inhabit. We gawp at it from the outside. Drake’s art is all about achieving access to this hyper-real world – a realm of front, rumour, bravado, optics, public relations – and then bemoaning how unreal it feels to live inside it. The glittering insubstantiality of the music – which resembles Harold Budd, Aphex Twin and Radiohead circa Kid A as much as Timbaland, the Weeknd or DJ Mustard – is the perfect aural match for the mirrored maze of modern celebreality. The airless sound evokes the sealed vacuum of loneliness-at-the-top.
May 5, 2016
hugovk commented on the word unreality rap
unreality rap, n.
hugovk commented on the word whinge-boast
It is a tribute to his powers of invention, his strange and grotesque genius, that Drake has so far managed to find so many compelling variations on such a restricted set of themes: the dream that turns out not to be as dreamy as you had expected; feeling alone even in the midst of an entourage and a wild party; complaints, already fairly familiar in rap, about how money changes everything and creates more problems than its absence. Haters and gold-diggers were long established in rap as inevitable accoutrements of fame about which you could whinge-boast (hip-hop’s equivalent of the humble-brag). But Drake went the next step and talked about the hollow-inside feeling that came with conquering the throne and acquiring all the trophies. As he croons in All Me, “Got everything, I got everything / I cannot complain, I cannot” – but still, still, he complains: about feeing empty, feeling numb. Picking up on pointers left by Kanye West on 808s & Heartbreak, but pushing further ahead, Drake made having a spiritual void into rap’s new status symbol. Morose and maudlin, not Maybach and Margiela, became the mark of megastardom.
hugovk commented on the word pre-fame
Right from the start, with his 2009 breakthrough mixtape So Far Gone, Drake was writing about the problems caused by celebrity. Whether this was an act of imaginative anticipation, or because he had been pre-famed through his role in the popular Canadian teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation, it is hard to say. But on songs such as The Calm, Drake was already moaning about feeling overstretched and cut off: “Feelin’ so distant from everyone I’ve known / To make everybody happy, I think I would need a clone … All my first dates are interrupted by my fame.”
hugovk commented on the word radioscape
As determined as he is indeterminate, Drake has diffused himself all across the rap and R&B radioscape this past half-decade, maintaining ubiquity not just with the steady stream of his own hit singles, but with innumerable appearances on other people’s songs, ranging from superstars such as Rihanna to rising MCs such as iLoveMakonnen to the ghost of Aaliyah herself. Last year’s collaborations with Future – Where Ya At and Jumpman – have remained staples of US urban radio well into 2016.
hugovk commented on the word village-wear
The Guardian, 27 April 2016:
How much do aesthetics matter to an Olympic team? “Well, they matter a huge amount to the athletes themselves,” says McCartney. “Athletes dedicate their entire lives to their bodies. Their bodies are literally their temples. So of course they are proud of them and want to celebrate them. And if it’s important to them, then it matters, right?” This means delivering a perfect silhouette – “for instance, the women’s podium jackets are belted this time around; and I’ll put extra ribbing for shape” and a high style level in the more casual ‘village-wear’. Women’s sweatshirts come cropped to the waist, in keeping with current athleisure trends. Grey marl jersey – a timeless classic of sportswear-meets- weekend-casual – features in racer-back cool-down vests and hoodies with red drawstrings. Backstage after the launch, an off-duty Jessica Ennis sported a white neoprene sweatshirt with a coat of arms broken up by bold GB capital letters.
hugovk commented on the word artbot
The Guardian, 15 April 2016:
But even though Facebook might want to sell itself as the pioneer of chatbots, the real leaders in the field aren’t working in the AI research teams of silicon valley; they’re collaborating at events like last week’s BotSummit in the V&A, or this weekend’s Art of Bots exhibition in Somerset House. Move over chatbots: it’s time to meet the artbots.
hugovk commented on the word save shot
save shot, n.
The Guardian, 22 April 2016:
The Guardian cannot confirm a report by the website TMZ, which cited multiple anonymous sources in Moline, that Prince was administered a “save shot”, typically used to counteract the effects of an overdose. The medical examiner’s office said it could take weeks to get results from the autopsy toxicology reports.
hugovk commented on the word mess work
mess work, n. cycle-messenger work
I.AM.WE.ARE, 18 April 2016:
Chelsea Marie: Well, I work as a bike ambassador for Transportation Alternatives and as a messenger on my off days. There is so many ways in which TA and mess work has contributed to my life of cycling. Transportation Alternatives advocates for people who commute throughout NYC without using a car and we pretty much fight for a commuter’s safety by petitioning for protected bike lanes, more time for crossing the street or easier ways of taking public transportation because cars can be a vicious thing in the wrong hands and with being out in the field reaching out to so many people from all walks of life, it’s really showed me how just riding a bike could bring spread out communities closer together. If you want to ride a bike it shows me that you want to change the world, help create a healthier world; so it’s given me a chance to really meet some amazing people and have great connections into different aspects of the cycling world other than racing. Also, being a messenger part time is a great way to keep me in shape, keep me zooming around the city that I love and show me many new places the city has popping up every single day.
hugovk commented on the word altitude native
altitude native, n.
The Guardian, 20 April 2016:
“They have not mentioned that in the letter,” said the spokesman. “It is kept broad – they don’t identify specific readings. It’s about establishing a pattern. When we put him back into competition we were happy that his biological passport can be explained by his status as an altitude native. That status won’t have changed.”...“The physiology of ‘altitude natives’ is a complex area,” said Brailsford in a statement released via the Team Sky website. “The science is limited and in recent years we have proactively sought to understand it better by undertaking detailed scientific research. We recognise why the CADF have raised this issue as it is one we have obviously raised ourselves.”
“The physiology of ‘altitude natives’ is a complex area,” said Brailsford in a statement released via the Team Sky website. “The science is limited and in recent years we have proactively sought to understand it better by undertaking detailed scientific research. We recognise why the CADF have raised this issue as it is one we have obviously raised ourselves.”
hugovk commented on the word Mavens
The Register, 18 April 2016:
There remain some fans of Marissa Mayer, the CEO at Yahoo, because she has managed to acquire some good businesses in Tumblr and Flurry, and these are assets which now have a greater value than when she bought them - at results conferences she refers to these and other online businesses as Mavens – standing for Mobile, Video, Native and Social, and by native she means native advertising.
hugovk commented on the word bodywear
The Guardian, 12 April 2016:
This is the thinking behind Selfridges brand-new Body Studio, a cavernous series of rooms dedicated to undergarments (swimwear, lingerie, hosiery) designed to be shopped by women. The designers, too, half of which aren’t household names, are predominantly women: The Upside, Michi, Lisa Marie Fernandez, Varley, Monreal are all designed by women and based on what they want to wear. Butchart says: “This underwear, sleepwear and bodywear is intended to be seen. We’re seeing a shift away – to a small extent – from dictatorial beauty standards that the bodycon ‘gym body’ of the past seemed to represent.”
hugovk commented on the word internetification
Instagram hasn’t helped: in the past few years, tight fitnesswear worn in or, increasingly, outside the gym has become acceptable to post. Ditto the way we post it – usually in the mirror, usually with the wearer’s iPhone camera in shot, so as to reclaim ownership of the image. It says: I am wearing this and I am photographing this and you, the viewer, are secondary. Concurrently, bikini shots appear to be on the decline, especially ones taken by your mates – which objectify the wearer by default. And yet, in terms of body coverage and flesh-flashing, they are one and the same, even if the latter focuses on celebrating women’s bodies rather than fetishising them. The internetification of self-image might have changed but the clothes haven’t.
hugovk commented on the word bralet
If you think this feels at odds with new, gym-friendly bodycon – not to mention Asos bodysuits and Calvin Klein bralets (a bestseller at Selfridges) – then you’re right. This version is as tight as its forebears but is more focused on fitness and leisure, made with technical fabrics and with mesh detailing, for example. Is it merely a case of bodycon – sexy, tight and unforgiving – being skewed and rebranded back to us as something else entirely?
hugovk commented on the word athleisure
This looks like sportswear, but sportswear that you would also wear to a gig. It’s not really on the catwalk – at least not overarchingly so – and while sportswear and athleisure have always included tight-fitting pieces for various ergonomic and aesthetic reasons, none of it has really been “in fashion”. Athleisure, the closest fashion has come to accepting sportswear, tends to be loose-fitting, minimal and sometimes comes in cashmere. It’s also lucrative – athleisure is worth £6.4bn and looks set to increase over the next three years. Ivy Park is, arguably, more than sportswear. It’s a sideways take on bodycon – or bodycon 3.0 as we’re calling it, given that it’s not new – sitting somewhere between sportswear and fashion-tight. And, like bodycon, it’s sexy as hell, even if retailers aren’t selling it as such.
hugovk commented on the word bodycon
Short for “body conscious”, in layman’s terms bodycon is clothing – usually a dress – defined by its tightness. Historically, it’s one of the few trends that has leapt between catwalk and mass market. There’s version one: Jean Paul Gaultier’s outer-corsets; Hervé Léger’s bandage-style bodycon dresses which were, ostensibly, couture spanx; and “king of cling” Azzedine Alaïa’s creations, which dominated the tight market in the 90s. Version two, a slightly more formal take, was more about structure and tailoring than cling (see Roland Mouret’s galaxy dress and Victoria Beckham’s first collections). It was bodycon taken down a notch, but bodycon all the same.
hugovk commented on the word whataboutery
The Guardian also blocked comments that would otherwise disrupt or derail the debate: “whataboutery” of various kinds, or remarks that are clearly off-topic. While not abusive in themselves, such comments serve to make a constructive debate impossible, and show a lack of respect to the journalist and to other commenters in the thread.
hugovk commented on the word You're my person
You’re my person, phrase
The Guardian, 3 April 2016:
Recently, a dear friend announced her engagement. We toasted and feted and made happy noises about her soon-to-be-husband’s fantastic choice in a mate. Later, though, she took me aside, hushed and confidential. “I don’t want you to feel hurt by this,” she said. “You’re my best friend, my person.” I watched her in fear; what was she about to tell me? “I’m not going to have any bridesmaids,” she finally concluded, forehead knit, prepared for me to break. Impending weddings can put a totally reasonable person on edge, sometimes.I smiled and hugged her and took a big swig of whatever I happened to be drinking, then breathed my own sigh of relief. “You’re my person too,” I said. “And this is the best present you could give me.”
I smiled and hugged her and took a big swig of whatever I happened to be drinking, then breathed my own sigh of relief. “You’re my person too,” I said. “And this is the best present you could give me.”
hugovk commented on the word late bird
late bird, adj.
Irene Ros, 21 March 2016:
Only 8 more late bird tickets available for @OpenVisConf! You should definitely grab one if you're intending to come. This is likely it\!
hugovk commented on the word late bird ticket
late bird ticket, n.
Only 8 more late bird tickets available for @OpenVisConf! You should definitely grab one if you're intending to come. This is likely it!
hugovk commented on the word well-actually
Plover, 20 March 2016:
This last is not too terrible, as jargon failures go. There is a worse kind of jargon failure I would like to contrast with “bug”. There the problem, if there is a problem, is that entomologists use the common term “bug” much more restrictively than one expects. An entomologist will well-actually you to explain that a millipede is not actually a bug, but we are used to technicians using technical terms in more restrictive ways than we expect. At least you can feel fairly confident that if you ask for examples of bugs (“true bugs”, in the jargon) that they will all be what you will consider bugs, and the entomologist will not proceed to rattle off a list that includes bats, lobsters, potatoes, or the Trans-Siberian Railroad. This is an acceptable state of affairs.
hugovk commented on the word shmup
The Guardian, 05 May 2016:
If any game genre is most synonymous with difficulty, it is the arcade 2D shoot-‘em-up, known today as the shmup. And it is developer Cave that pushes devotees of the form like no other. Which Cave game is the hardest is highly subjective, but in terms of undiluted difficulty, the insect-themed Mushihimesama’s infamous Ultra mode might take it. There’s less of the mechanical intricacy that makes other releases by the studio perhaps as demanding, but through the sheer number of bullets that fill the screen, Mushi Ultra delivers an onslaught that is as bewildering to watch as it is demeaning to play.
hugovk commented on the word GovtOS
The New York Times, 18 March 2016:
Apple said in court filings last month that it would take from six to 10 engineers up to a month to meet the government’s demands. However, because Apple is so compartmentalized, the challenge of building what the company described as “GovtOS” would be substantially complicated if key employees refused to do the work.
hugovk commented on the word grip-lit
The Guardian, 29 January 2016:
The Bookseller magazine remembers otherwise. In a puzzling article in its most recent issue, it refers to “grip-lit” (AKA the gripping psychological thriller) in a way that suggests it is a trend belonging to last year and, if we’re lucky, this year too – unless the people rise as one and declare their preference for “boreytoolong-lit”, which seems unlikely.
hugovk commented on the word Techxit
The Register, 11 March 2016:
One UK tech firm has told The Register it could be forced to leave the country if Britain votes to leave the European Union on June 23 – a Techxit, if you will.
hugovk commented on the word fanpeople
The Guardian, 11 March 2016:
At the very least, it’s a turn of events. Doctor Who’s current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, has been doing the rounds this week, promoting the DVD of his recent, best, series from last year. A couple of surprising revelations have transpired. He has said he will start filming the next series – the last he is contracted for – fairly imminently. This set fanpeople alight, with the realisation that Jenna Coleman’s replacement as companion must soon be announced. It also gave credibility to the press rumour that Rakhee Thakrar from EastEnders could be the new leading lady. Those stories described Thakrar as one of the “people currently in the frame”, though anyone who knows anything about actor contracts will know the casting decision must have been made months ago.
hugovk commented on the word Brexiteer
The Guardian, 7 March 2016:
Yet there is another undignified pattern of behaviour among the prominent Leavers. They present those who oppose them as bullies and themselves as victims. On Friday, Duncan Smith complained of “spin, smears and threats”. His fellow cabinet Brexiteer, Priti Patel, accused Sir Jeremy Heywood of “unconstitutional” behaviour, after he ruled on the forms of material concerning the referendum that will have to be withheld from cabinet ministers who want Britain to leave. Instead of thanking the PM for suspending collective responsibility over the referendum – so that she can in effect call her boss useless, a failure in the greatest challenge of his political career, and still keep her job – Patel says that his most senior official is stitching the whole thing up.
hugovk commented on the word attachment troll
attachment troll, n.
The Guardian, 5 March 2016:
Five types of troll were found: the “blame the US conspiracy trolls”; the “bikini trolls” (adorned with images of young women who would gently ask targets to rethink their views); “aggressive trolls” determined to drive people off the web; “Wikipedia trolls” working to edit blogs and web pages to Russia’s advantage; and “attachment trolls”, who would post link after link to articles and videos from Russian news platforms.
hugovk commented on the word Wikipedia troll
Wikipedia troll, n.
hugovk commented on the word aggressive troll
aggressive troll, n.
hugovk commented on the word bikini troll
bikini troll, n.
hugovk commented on the word blame the US conspiracy troll
blame the US conspiracy troll, n.
hugovk commented on the word hybrid troll
hybrid troll, n.
One project examined 200,000 comments posted on Latvia’s three main online news portals between 29 July and 5 August 2014. It found 1.45% of those comments were from “hybrid trolls”, a phenomenon that came to light recently when it emerged that Russia had set up warehouses in which an army of bloggers sat day and night, charged with flooding the internet with comments favourable to Russian interests. But in some stories, more than half of the comments were by Russian trolls – identified partly by their poor grammar, repetition of content and IP address.
hugovk commented on the word cyber-bombing
The Register, 4 March 2016:
US defense sec: We're cyber-bombing ISIS
hugovk commented on the word surveywall
Matt Jones, 6 April 2016:
@Herring1967 annoying when the article you want to read's behind a surveywall but they omit the appropriate response https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfWnvvtXIAAwd-C.jpg
April 6, 2016
hugovk commented on the word bro hug
bro hug, n.
Waro, rec.motorcycles.harley, 6 September 2000:
Rich...if you got out behind that computer terminal and went out to the meets I don't think they would pound the shit out of you. They would probably give you one of those big bro hugs and tell you your a funny guy.
March 20, 2016
hugovk commented on the word vlogger
Jeff Jarvis, 31 December 2002:
And I’ll repeat what I said when I started this: Vlogging lets us online go up against our true competitors — not news organizations and reporters but commentators, especially on TV (on Sunday morning, on Fox, on 60 Minutes). Bloggers compete with columnists; vloggers compete with pundits.
hugovk commented on the word vlogging
Vlogging: My first two vlogs: I created two new vlogs.
Vlogging: How to vlog
At the same time, Jeff Jarvis has spent $99 on a new piece of software and is experimenting with video weblogging, or vlogging. He says: “The truth is, all you do to make TV is stare at a camera and read and say something: It’s easy. There’s no reason a blogger should not be the next Andy Rooney or Charles Grodin or Ann Coulter (easy marks, all!). I’d take any of their jobs, tomorrow.”
vlogging: collaborative online video blogging at tropisms.org
Luuk's work is all about vlogging -- that's shorthand for video blogging.
hugovk commented on the word video blog
video blog, n.
Adrian Miles, 27 November 2000:
welcome. this is a video blog. don't know if there are lots around, or what they should be called. but if its ok to call a web log a blog then it this can be a vog. i guess. don't really know, since its my first blog of any description. I think it will have video for each posting, however irregular that may be. the video might be all the content, or it might just be illustration. don't know yet. have to test it out. maybe a video diary?
hugovk commented on the word vlog
Jeff Jarvis, 19 December 2002:
hugovk commented on the word lifenthusiast
Nigin's Blog, 7 March 2016:
The day before yesterday ConwayLife.com forums saw a new member named zdr. When we the lifenthusiasts meet a newcomer, we expect to see things like “brand new” 30-cell 700-gen methuselah and then have to explain why it is not notable. However, what zdr showed us made our jaws drop.
March 14, 2016
hugovk commented on the word botifesto
Fusion, 1 March 2016:
The people behind these artsy bots are a friendly, loosely-organized community of programmers, artists, journalists, and anyone else who feels like making bots. They’ve got hashtags, most prominently #botALLY; a roving Bot Summit which will take place in London this year; and a “botifesto” on Motherboard that describes the present and future state of bots.
March 1, 2016
hugovk commented on the word botsmith
Like other botsmiths I spoke to, thrice is ultimately pragmatic, and has no plans for “an estate that funds a server running into eternity where only the bot has the keys to the Twitter account.”
hugovk commented on the word ladyblog
ladyblog, n.Slate, 23 February 2016:
The saga began in 2008, when Rebecca Solnit published an essay called “Men Explain Things to Me.” Though Solnit didn’t use the word mansplain, she recounted an anecdote in which a man—“with that smug look I know so well … eyes fixed on the fuzzy far horizon of his own authority”—proceeded to enlighten her as to the contents of her own book. Soon, the term mansplain was kicking around in Livejournal comments and ladyblogs. It meant something like “to declaim, as a male and in a patronizing fashion, on a subject about which you know little, to a woman who knows more.” Jezebel gave mansplaining its own topic tag. Citizen Radio introduced “The Adventures of Mansplainer,” a boldhearted gent with the courage and acuity to set ladies straight on catcalling and workplace sexism. The Tumblr Academic Men Explain Things to Me carved out a safe space for “women to recount their experience being mansplained, in academia and elsewhere.” Gleeful meme-ophiles were treated to the suave paternalism and hard-bodied fatuity of “Mansplaining Paul Ryan.”
hugovk commented on the word property technology
property technology, n.
The Guardian, 27 February 2016:
He seems happy with how things are going. “We’ve raised a few hundred thousand pounds, and now we’ll build our team. Prop-tech (property technology) is heating up in a big way.” I ask him if he feels he spends too much time at Second Home. “Well,” he says, “you can’t not go out and have a curry in Brick Lane sometimes.” He shows no sign of being about to do so, however. “You see,” he says, “I’m on a mission, so I’m always at work, and I’m never at work.” I ask what he means. “It’s not work,” he reiterates, slowly and carefully, “because it’s a mission.”
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Thanks for all the great additions today, hugovk.
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