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New words, January 2012

Here are a few new words I’ve noticed in circulation lately.

Cyberlocker (n.) – A website used to store and share large files anonymously. Usage:

“The shutdown of the massive file-sharing website Megaupload and the arrest of its founder and three of its executives have some members of the cyberlocker community looking over their shoulders, wondering who will be next.” – PCWorld

Simultext (v.) – To publish text content during a live event. Generic form of “Liveblog” or “Live-Tweet.” Used by moderators during one of the presidential debates.

Livestream (n. or v.) – A live, remote online video broadcast, usually using a smartphone or consumer-grade video and computing equipment. Can also be used as a verb: “I’m livestreaming this event.” This word is a trade name; right now Livestream and USTREAM are the most popular sites that host this content.

Bashtag (n.) – When a brand starts a hashtag on Twitter, and Twitter users use it to criticize the brand. Mentioned recently by The Atlantic, citing Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill.

Man bun (n.) – A hair bun worn by a man. As described last week by The New York Times:

“In certain arty neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Bushwick, some men are twisting their long hair into a form more famously worn by librarians, schoolmarms and Katharine Hepburn. But don’t call the male version an up-do or a chignon. Call it a man bun.”

— By Daryl Lang. Filed under Language, Technology

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