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The Language of Twitter

For a closer look at the language of the twitterati, check out Erin McKean’s recent piece in the Boston Globe. Glossaries of Twitter-related terms can be found at Twittonary, and Twictionary. We didn’t say all the coinages were clever...

thumper truck

thumper truck  n.— «Dawson has deployed three trucks to test 30-square miles that cover neighborhoods and non-residential areas in and around Fort Worth. The trucks emit a vibration into the ground ranging from 10-120 hertz. Small white...

family meal

family meal  n.— «I had arrived at 4 p.m. to experience a daily ritual that takes place in hundreds of restaurants across the city, and in thousands more across the country: family meal. Chanterelle was the last stop on a month-long, eight...

zonkey

zonkey  n.— «Featuring exotic animals that came from across the state, the barn includes a zebra-donkey mix (affectionately known as a Zonkey), reindeer, miniature goats, highland cattle, Jacobs sheep, cashmere goats, angora goats, alpacas...

evil twin

evil twin  n.— «So how does an evil twin attack work? Let’s say that I’m a hacker. I set up my computer to transmit a signal that turns my PC into an access point, or Wi-Fi hotspot. I’ll even give it a legitimate-sounding name, like T...

jianzi

jianzi  n.— «Before classes started one recent morning, sixth-graders circled around an object dominated by neon-colored feathers. Cheers intensified as groups stretched their limbs to keep the small object from hitting the floor. The game...