Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Some words (and expressions) are relatively new.

They arrive sometimes out of thin air or from the technological fog, then they stay

 with us all of the time, just like hamburgers and heart attacks.


What the heck is the connection between new words, burgers, and heart attacks?

I don’t know, but it sounded good.

In the news, however, there is an excellent example of irony (or inevitability) that involves big burgers and heart attacks, which may bear out a connection:

“John Alleman, a 52-year-old unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill — a restaurant notorious for exorbitantly and intentionally high-calorie fare such as “the Triple Bypass Burger” — has died of a heart attack, according to owner John Basso.

As CBS News reports, the restaurant has come under scrutiny for previous incidents in which regular patrons died of heart-related complications, and the flippant attitude that Basso has demonstrated towards critics of his restaurant’s active encouragement of obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.

The restaurant also offers free meals to patrons who weigh over 350 pounds.”

Is there a new word for a heart attack which results from eating humongous hamburgers?

Let’s see.

COW in Sumerian is gu.

How about Guangina or Anginagu?

Maybe these sound too strange and highfalutin.


Let me know if you come up with a neologism.


Below is a list of new words added this year to the new Miriam Webster Dictionary:

5.  earworm

7.  f-bomb

9.  gassed

10.                       gastropub

11.                       man cave

12.                       mash-up

13.                       sexting

14.                       systemic risk

15.                       underwater





And here are a few, new gems from The Oxford Dictionary Online:

vajazzle, v.: adorn the pubic area (of a woman) with crystals, glitter, or other decoration

tweeps, pl. n.: a person’s followers on the social networking site Twitter (As in, "Good night, tweeps!”)

totes, adv.: totally (As in, "Girl, that bag is totes amaze. Where did you get it?")

ridic, adj.: ridiculous (abbrev.) (As in, "Have you seen Paul Ryan's shirtless pic? Seriously, his abs are ridic.")


And finally, buzzwords.

What buzzwords will have workers buzzing in 2013? Only time will tell, but to help, BusinessNewsDaily interviewed small business owners, PR people, entrepreneurs and others to give workers a heads up on which buzzwords they may see in the coming year. The list includes:

1.  Advertainment— "Advertising is no longer about interrupting what people are interested in, it's about being what people are interested in."

2.  Phablets— A mixture of a smartphone and tablet.

3.  Growth hacker— "A role that replaces traditional marketing roles in fast-growing businesses."

4.  Social learning— "An individual's learning a skill through observation, without necessarily changing their behaviors or on-the-job performance.

5.  Alphanista— "Successful women in powerful positions having it all."

6.  Acqui-hire— "A blend of acquired and hired."

7.  Return on involvement— A brand that "gets involved with their community will garner better return on their investment by getting involved hosting fundraisers, partnering with schools and giving the local residents a gathering spot."

8.  Inventreprenuers— "An entrepreneur-inventor hybrid that markets and/or manufactures their own creation."

9.  Twinternship— "An internship where the student’s mission is to promote the company and its brands using social media such as Twitter and Facebook."

10.                   Wantrepreneur— Someone who hasn’t "taken all the steps necessary to take the leap" into entrepreneurship.

11.                   Minergy— Someone who uses "minimal energy to get the task accomplished."

12.                   Tri-ti-tasking— "Doing three things at once."


Here are a few more that have been around for a while:


[Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998]


[Radiolinja became the first network to offer commercial person-to-person SMS text messaging service in 1994]


[Delivering a display of how form and content are inseparable, the first "real" email, sent in late 1971, announced its own existence (the exact words have been forgotten, unfortunately). It also included instructions how to use the '@' character in email addresses.]














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