(名詞) 耳掛或耳戴式小型電腦或電子裝置。亦寫成 hear-able。cf. wearable (穿戴式電腦或電子裝置)。

Smart ear devices, or "hearables," are the new horizon in the wearable space and for good reason. Current wearables — fitness wristbands, heart rate straps, even Google Glass — tend to be novelty-based and require convincing consumers to put something new on their body. Alternatively, ear devices have the potential to make a lasting impact in the wearable space.
—Stephen Brown, "Wearable fatigue? Stick it in your ear," Wired, October 1, 2014

And finally, getting back to the ear, LeBoeuf said we may someday soon have "hearables": in-ear devices that provide private, intelligent communication along with super-accurate biometric measurements.
—Carol Mangis, "Will wearables be 'hearables'?," Consumer Reports, January 5, 2015



(名詞) 成立不到 10 年而擁有 100 億美元身價的科技公司。亦寫成 decicorn 或 deca-corn。這個字是由 deca- ("ten") + unicorn 拼綴而成。

註:Unicorn =身價超過 10 億美元的公司;Decicorn =身價超過 100 億美元的公司;Centicorn =身價超過 1000 億美元的公司。

From Uber to Airbnb, SpaceX and Slack, you are nothing if you are not valued at over US$1bn apparently. There is even a more rarefied class — the decacorn — those valued at US$10bn and more.
—John Kennedy, "The mythical world of unicorns — 80 tech start-ups today valued at over US$1bn," Silicon Republic, January 23, 2015

Billion-dollar companies join a club of "unicorns," a term used to explain how rare they are. But there are more than 50 of them now. There's a new buzzword, "decacorn," for those over $10 billion, which includes Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Uber.
—Sarah Frier & Eric Newcomer, "The Fuzzy, Insane Math That's Creating So Many Billion-Dollar Tech Companies," Bloomberg Business, March 17, 2015



(名詞) 包括做臉 (facial) 和全身按摩 (full-body massage) 在內的溫泉療法 (spa treatment)。這個字是由 facial + massage 拼綴而成。

One of their more distinct services, Fassage, combines a full-body massage with a classic facial all in the comfort of one room ($164).
—Catherine Del Casale, "Coastal Fashion: Rehab for the Soul at Spa Gregorie's," Newport Beach Independent, November 27, 2014

Already feeling pretty Zen, I zombie-walked into the relaxation area and to a private room to try a Fassage, whatever that was. Apparently, it's the single most blissful experience one human can apply to another.
—James Diana, "A girly spa from a man's point of view," Orlando Business Journal, March 4, 2015



(名詞) 許多人不相信的事實。
substitious (形容詞):許多人不相信的事實的。

註:Substition 這個字是由英國知名作家泰瑞·普萊契 (Terry Pratchett) 所創造,為 superstition (迷信) 的反義詞。換言之,superstition 是某種非真實的事物,但許多人相信,而 substition 則是某種真實的事物,但許多人卻不相信。請注意 substition 和 substitution (代替,替換) 兩者拼字的不同。

普萊契甫於日前 (2015 年 3 月 12 日) 死於阿茲海默症,享年 67 歲。

Climate change is real, even though any number of people, at their great peril, refuse to believe in it. Climate change is a substition. For most of human history, bacteria and viruses weren't believed to be real even though people died of them. Bacteria were a substition. Just because you don’t believe in infectious diseases doesn’t make them any less real.
—"Thinking About Substitions," Wickersham's Conscience, September 21, 2013

It is pretty obvious that conservatives prefer a lie with which they feel comfortable, to the truth, which they find offensive. This is a further example of both superstition (belief in things which are not true), and substition (failure to believe in facts.)
—machintelligence, "ACA price tag continues to drop" (comment), Rachel Maddow Show, March 11, 2015


give somebody a (good) run for one's money



  • I think only Carl will be able to give that candidate a run for his money in the presidential election next year. (我認為只有卡爾才能在明年的總統大選中對那位候選人造成強大壓力)
  • Amy was an excellent supermodel and could have given any other professional a run for their money. (艾美過去是一名非常優秀的超模,可能是其他任何專業模特兒的競爭對手)



(名詞/動名詞) 獨立工作:在與其他獨立工作者共用的辦公室或類似工作空間中獨立工作,亦寫成 co-workingcoworker (名詞):獨立工作者。

Coworking spaces — where freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other independent workers pay a fee to share a workspace and benefit from working in the presence of one another — are hot. More than 160,000 people worldwide are members of over 3,000 coworking spaces, according to a recent report by DeskMag.com and Emergent Research, up from just 20,000 workers in 500 spaces in 2010.
—Peter Bacevice, "Why Coworking Is Hot," Time, November 19, 2014

A host of companies has stepped in to cater to this segment of the population by offering freelancers and entrepreneurs the amenities of an office: conference rooms, a reception desk to welcome clients, unlimited quantities of freshly brewed coffee. In doing so, these coworking organizations wind up at the vanguard of a movement of people who are prioritizing finding meaningful work, building community, and challenging conventional business practices.
—Elizabeth Segran, "As Coworking Spaces Scale, Can They Keep Their Communal Vibe?," The Atlantic, February 27, 2015


tiny houser

(名詞) 住在很小的房子的人;熱愛很小的房子的人。亦寫成 tiny-houser

The 11-acre campground along Highway 198, just before the village of Lemon Cove, is nestled into the rolling hills and shaded by small olive trees. There are 55 sites with more than half having electric and water hookups. The other half of the sites are for tiny housers who want to live off the grid.
—Bonhia Lee, "Home sweet tiny home: Valley houses fill less than 300 square feet," The Fresno Bee, December 21, 2014

Johnston's "Meetup" group currently consists of 180 "tiny housers." They get together once a month to talk about where and how to build, how to educate others and how to advocate with government and community stakeholders.
—Josh Green, "Advocate: Atlanta's Tiny House Movement is 'Growing Fast'," Curbed, February 24, 2015



(形容詞) 匿名的 (但相當容易辨認出來)。亦寫成 faux-nonymous。這個字是由 faux (假的) + anonymous (匿名的) 拼綴而成。fauxnonymity (名詞):(相當容易辨認出來的) 匿名。

According to popular financial blogger Fritz Trout, "Bitcoin turns out to be a fauxnonymous byproduct of the war on terror! Hollywood couldn't have written a better ending to this sad chapter in the global economy."
—"Bitcoin Was Created by the NSA: The Latest Shocking Snowden Revelation," Sharpened Sticks, July 3, 2013

Cousin if you see this since I know you reddit, sorry for sharing but at least its fauxnonymous.
—Wingd, "TIFU by opening a snapchat the very moment I received it," Reddit, February 23, 2015



(名詞) 孤獨或獨居 (solitude) 的狀態或情況。

Entering a relationship with a romantic "life partner," commonly through marriage, is considered a significant social marker, denoting full adulthood and providing universally recognized social reasons, which do not meet with requests for further explanation. Some groups may accord this status only to marriage, others more broadly to cohabitants; but it is an evaluative social classification that friendships or, even more so, solitudinousness rarely breach.
—Elizabeth Brake, Minimizing Marriage, Oxford University Press, March 15, 2012

Van Vogt was the first Canadian sf writer of real importance, and it is arguable that a Canadian solitudinousness colours his work throughout.
—"van Vogt, A E," The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, October 14, 2014



(名詞) 健康地理學:研究健康與地理之關係的學問。這個字是由 health + geography 拼綴而成。

RT @PennNursing: Mapping the #Urban #HIV Epidemic: Role of Geobehavioral Vulnerability http://youtu.be/nktT4fIh5LI #APHA14 #healthography
—"RT @PennNursing…," Twitter, January 2, 2015

New Orleans served as more than just the location for APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition in November. It also served as an example of healthography, or the idea that where you live can affect your health. New Orleans is a city renowned for its cuisine, but some of its residents do not have access to fresh and healthy food. That can have influence on their health.
—Lindsey Wahowiak, "Role of food in healthography apparent," The Nation's Health, January 15, 2015