New terms are constantly being created. There are people who track such things, and people who cull those trackings to select the best, the most useful, the most amusing, or the most likely to succeed. This week we present some of those cullings.
social notworking – spending time unproductively on social networking websites, especially when one should be working
– The Ten Best Desks, Independent Extra, Aug. 11, 2008
social network fatigue – becoming overwhelmed by invitations to join various social networks
– Miami Herald, Feb. 29, 2008 (ellipses omitted)
. . .But at what stage will users get fed up with all the networking? John Battelle, founder of [an] online marketing-services company, said he has SNF—social network fatigue. "The biggest issue with any application that asks you to declare your friends and who you are interested in knowing is it is a fair amount of work," says Battelle.
. . .Yet it's that very sense of frustration with social networks that's spurring on the newbies. A user who's had it with the requests to connect from LinkedIn or from fellow Facebookers may be all the more likely to retreat to a smaller, more specialized circle of fellow activists.
– Business Week, Sept. 24, 2007 (ellipses omitted)
social notworking . . . social network fatigue: new names for new phenomena
Most of the terms, in this theme of recently-created terms, refer to something newly developed. But here's a term, coined less than two decades ago, for something that has always been a frequent and familiar part of everyday life. Strange that this something had never had a name.
popcorn storm – a short, unexpected rain shower that disappears as abruptly as it appeared
Here are an early example and a very recent one.
– Chicago Tribune, July 22, 1991
Bad news is that it is looking more clear that storms may impact our 4th of July weekend. A scenario is setting up where overnight MCS storms will plow southeast into our viewing area and then we will have the afternoon popcorn storm chances as well.
– KSPR TV weather blog, June 29, 2009, Springfield, MO
A general term, and an example.
niche dating – choosing whom one dates based upon a very narrow set of criteria
ecosexual – one who chooses their partner based upon a shared interest in eco-conscious causes
– Nell Merlino, Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want It Their Way
. . ."Green" is the latest trend in niche dating. Eco-sensitive singles are like anyone else: They have to find that special person first. To fill the green gap, eco-dating websites are springing up, and green jargon has now expanded to include the word "ecosexual" … "an evolving breed of city dweller for whom keeping green is every bit as important in their romantic life as in their choice of household cleanser, dinner food or wall paint."
. . .But can we really choose our mates using the same criteria as we use for our bathroom cleanser? The thought of lonely ecosexuals cruising -- on their bikes -- for someone to hook up with for coffee (don't forget your helmet and reusable mug) is beyond depressing.
– Vancouver Sun, Green is the new colour of love / Ecosexuals need not look further than the Internet, Aug. 30, 2008 (ellipses omitted)
junior moment – an immature act performed by an adult who has lapsed into childish behavior (cousin of the senior moment)
. . ."I just had a cancellation," I lied, not wanting to seem eager. "Maybe I'll drop by for a drink. After I finish up at Bloomie's." Okay, so I was having a Junior Moment, playing hard to get with my girlfriends; but my decision to hit Bloomingdale's on the way downtown was eminently mature.
– Tracy Quan, Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl (ellipses omitted)
I've never heard of "junior moment" before. Word Spy traces it to February 20, 2000.
geo-fencing – setting of physical boundaries (for a person, animal, etc.) with a GPS tracking system
– Toronto Globe and Mail, Mar. 25, 2008
[Airport] employee passes finally … are still not based on geo-fencing. They should be. If they were, employees would have access only to areas in which they are authorized to work, at times they are scheduled. Otherwise, alarms would go off.
– Toronto Globe and Mail, Dec. 11, 2008