Dictionary Corner

The Oxford dictionary regularly adds new words, and in 2014 there were a few digital or social media words added, Cyberespionage, Headcam or Lock Screen to name a few. As the online lingo develops I'm sure more words will be added, my favourite in this years selection is humblebrag, basically trying to be "modest" while drawing attention to yourself.

Tech-savvy Pronunciation: tech sav ey ADJECTIVE Well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology, especially computers: "today’s tech-savvy consumers kids are pretty tech-savvy these days" Humble brag Pronunciation: hum bill brag NOUN An ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud: social media status updates are basically selfies, humblebrags, and rants "All of the dresses I thought about wearing are too big! #humblebrag" Deep Web Pronunciation: deep web NOUN The part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines, includingpassword-protected or dynamicpages and encrypted networks: "the biggest weakness of the Deep Web is also its greatest strength: it’s really hard to find anything" Sub tweet Pronunciation: sub tweet NOUN A post that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them, typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism: "while he didn’t include Smith’s Twitter handle, that didn’t stop Smith from seeing the post, taking umbrage, and firing off a subtweet of his own" Headcam Pronunciation: hed kam NOUN A small video camera attached to a hat or helmet or strapped to the head, used especially to provide videofootage from the wearer’s perspective: "he hurtled down the cliff face at speeds of 40mph, all the while filming his descent on his headcam" Cyberespionage Pronunciation: cyber epsion age NOUN The use of computer networks to gain illicit access to confidential information, typically that held by a government or other organization: "improving cybersecurity across government agencies is crucial given the increase in cyberespionage" Click bait Pronunciation: klik bent NOUN informal (On the Internet) content, especially that of a sensational or provocativenature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page: "these recent reports of the show’s imminent demise are hyperbolic clickbait" Lock screen Pronunciation: lok screen NOUN A visual interface on a computer or mobile phone which is available before the user has entered a passcode or otherwise activated the full functionality of the device: "a security flaw enabled users to bypass the lock screen" Source: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com

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