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Monday, January 13, 2014


Keeping up with words is now a full time job and fodder for new "text" books
TEXTICON—The lexicon of texting. Nothing is changing the landscape of the mother tongue faster than texting abbreviations.  Remember the pre-text era’s FYI?  Well, FYI is too snobby.  “For your information” in American texticon (lexicon and texting combined) comes off as too un-PC.  Replacing FYI is ICYMI, which is simply a more politically correct: “*In case you missed it.”  ICYMI is seeing big time usage this past year when sharing stuff you’ve seen on the ‘net.

CLOUD—Talk about making something so simple as a cloud in the sky into something hugely complicated  That’s what happened when computer techies got a hold of a metaphor.  Cloud is a modern term spawned in the Internet era to mean: a next stage in the Internet’s evolution, providing the means through which everything—from computer power to computing infrastructure, applications, business processes to personal collaboration—can be delivered to you as a service wherever and whenever you need it.  The latter definition is from “Cloud Computing for Dummies.”  The Dummies authors go on to define the “cloud” in cloud computing as the set of hardware, networks, storage, services, and interfaces that combine to deliver aspects of computing as a service.

Google and Google Docs are examples of popular clouds in modern computer era usage.
Cloud and its subcloud evolution has become so essential and yet hard to define that the “For Dummies” folks have published “Hybrid Cloud for Dummies,” by Judith Hurwitz, Marcia Kaufman, Fern Halper and Dan Kirsch.

NEW CONCIERGE—It was once a hotel term for the person behind a lobby desk tasked with helping guests “find or solve things.”  In our Internet driven texticon it means simple a person or a company taking “personal assistant” to the business level.  In the hospital/medical insurance industry a concierge service is someone or some firm in business to guide the consumer (customer) through the maze of technical terms.  Who has time to wade through tech stuff.   Hire a concierge firm or person to do it for you.

EMOTICONS—Whoa, emoticons are smiley face terminology gone bonkers. Emoticons are old school in many ways as they are the first victim of widespread texting usage.  Wikipedia is all over this:

MOST ANNOYING WORDS FOR 2013—Selfie and Twerking, according to popular media, including the New York Daily News:

JUST BECAUSE—Here’s the Word of the Year from the American Dialect Society in a post via the Christian Science Monitor:

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