(名詞) 運送包裹及其他貨物的無人 (駕駛的) 車輛或飛機。亦寫成 deliver-bot。這個字是由 delivery + robot 拼綴而成。

For some, the announcement may have conjured visions of deliverbots whizzing through the air, ringing doorbells with mechanical arms. But the latest manifestation of Mr. Bezos' laser focus on customer service hints at bigger disruptions to come.
—Rachel King, "Amazon's Drones Will Change More than Delivery," The Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2013

Need a package delivered before the meeting starts? No problem. Other projections for work day dynamics include a modular "deliverbot" designed to deliver your packages.
—Darren Hunter, "Rethinking Happy Hour With The Self-Driving Office," Forbes, December 17, 2014



(名詞) 一個人的姪女、外甥女、姪子和外甥 (A person's nieces and nephews)。亦寫成 nieflingsneiphlings。這個字是由 niece + nephew + -lings 拼綴而成,可視為姪女、外甥女、姪子和外甥的中性集合名詞。
-單數型:niephling 或 niefling。

Excitingly, by the time we arrive for Christmas, the newest niephling, who's due in about a week courtesy of my other sister, will also be there.
—Francoise Harvey, "Hanky PANKy," Bookworms and Coffee Monsters, December 8, 2013

Oh, and one important difference with the zoo's kid freebies is that the cutoff is 11 years old. So no tweens here, please. On the upside, parents can now inform their eager 12-year-olds that they are "too grown up" to be considered kids. I know a few of my niephlings would dig that.
—Barbarella Fokos, "Children, children everywhere," San Diego Reader, October 3, 2014



(名詞) 奈米學位 - 短期內修習高度密集的速成課程所取得的教育認證或證書。亦寫成 nano-degree
nanodegree (形容詞):奈米學位的。

Another development related to Moocs is the emergence of nanodegrees.

"Nanodegrees are at the other end of the scale from the traditional university degree," Professor Sharples said. "For a degree, you spend three years gaining all the skills you need from a broad area. Nanodegrees are focused on what skills you need to learn for a very specific task."
—Chris Parr, "Making Moocs social is the next challenge," The Times Higher Education, November 13, 2014

"Bootcamps" and "nanodegree" courses are fast gaining popularity among students as they look to avoid the heavy debt burden that usually accompanies a degree program.
—Abinaya Vijayaraghavan, "Short courses offer hope to U.S. education companies," Reuters, January 13, 2015


walking ATM

(名詞) 活提款機,活櫃員機,活ATM - 常常被搶的非法移民、外勞或流動工人,因為他們沒有銀行帳戶,現金都帶在身上。

Damian estimates that at least two-thirds of the people here are undocumented, and that has made it a magnet for robberies over the years. Gangs know undocumented day workers are especially lucrative targets, he says. Their pockets are often stuffed with a day's or even a week's worth of wages. The street term for these men: "walking ATMs."
—Laura Sullivan, "Police, Banks Help Undocumented Workers Shake 'Walking ATM' Label," NPR, January 20, 2014

The problem is nationwide, stated the Southern Poverty Law Center. In a 2009 study, the center said that less than half of undocumented immigrants had confidence in law enforcement and that criminals saw them as "walking ATMs."
—Jay Meisel, "Prosecuting crimes against migrants," Highlands Today, April 5, 2015


pink eye

(名詞) 相當短程的夜間航班。cf. red eye (夜間航班)。

Got a pink eye flight tonight. LA to Indy.
—Jack Barakat, "Got a pink…," Twitter, May 20, 2011

Book Low-priced Pink Eye Flights: You can get inexpensive flights to the United States with pink eye flights. A purple eye flight is a flight that is taken or arrives at midnight
—Lisa Steinway, "How To Get Low-cost Flights To The Usa," Kadash, June 24, 2014


digital crowding

(名詞) 過度且難以控制或不可避免的線上社交接觸。

Powers sets the stage for his proposed digital philosophy by warning us that digital crowding is robbing us of depth.
—Gregory Edward Reynolds, "Crowd Control: Managing Electronic Distraction: A Review Article," Ordained Servant Online, March 23, 2011

"With all the focus on the legal aspects of privacy and the impact on global trade there's been little discussion of why you want privacy and why it's intrinsically important to you as an individual,” said Adam Joinson, professor of behavior change at the University of the West of England in Bristol, who coined the term "digital crowding" to describe excessive social contact and loss of personal space online.
—Shannon Doyne, "Do You Wish You Had More Privacy Online?," The New York Times, October 6, 2014



(名詞) "virtual reality" (虛擬實境) 的口語縮略詞。

I'm saying virch for virtual reality/videogame now because I'm lazy.
—GrownUp Jane, "I'm saying…," Twitter, November 3, 2014

Three weeks after he first experienced the results of the new virtual-reality production process, Shore paid a second visit to Menlo Park — this time with 61 names he had culled from his master list of 1,200. …The first name was Virch, for "virtual" reality.
—Neal Gabler, "The Weird Science of Naming New Products," The New York Times, January 15, 2015



(動詞) 偷看 (別人正在看或正在寫的文字)。亦寫成 eaves-read。cf. eavesdrop (偷聽 [別人的談話];竊聽)。
eavesreading (現在分詞/動名詞)
eavesreader (名詞):偷看者 (偷看別人正在看或正在寫的文字的人)。

I call the Starbucks near my house my auxiliary office. …I have coworkers there, the same people who are always there working too. There's the middle-aged woman who talks on her phone way too loud. …There's the guy about my age whom I learned through eavesreading is submitting his own writing to literary journals.
—Lauren Harrison, "May 07, 2014," Lauren Harrison Editorial, May 7, 2014

A less intimidating/eye-contact-y way of discovering your OTP than those 36 infamous questions. Eleanor and Park's epic love story begins when Eleanor peeks over Park's shoulder on the bus to school to "eavesread" his comics.
—Caroline Goldstein, "7 Things Only Rainbow Rowell Fans Know, Like The Aphrodisiacal Powers of an Endearing Jawline," Bustle, February 17, 2015



(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