MOOC

(名詞) 大型開放式線上課程。這是 massive open online course 的頭字語。

引句:
I was asked by the excellent Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach to speak to her PLP class about MOOCs...We started talking about what it meant to have lots and lots of people learning together... Somewhere in there, I called them a massive open online course... For which I have been often chastised.
—Dave Cormier, "20 questions (and answers) about MOOCs," Dave's Educational Blog, July 31, 2012

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the latest addition to the acronym-bound lexicon of higher education, and quite possibly the most significant of them all. They represent a new generation of online education, freely accessible on the internet and geared towards very large student numbers.
—Mike Boxall, "MOOCs: a massive opportunity for higher education, or digital hype?," The Guardian, August 8, 2012

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writeprint

(名詞) 可辨識文章作者的獨特寫作風格與特徵。亦寫成 write-print。writeprint 與 fingerprint (指紋) 的概念一樣。
writeprinting (動名詞)。

引句:
However, there may exist an alternative method for "unmasking" anonymous bloggers, cyber-stalkers, etc. using public information. Everyone has a unique writeprint (basically a written fingerprint that can be used to identify him or her). This technique s has traditionally been used to identify the true author of a text (e.g. a book) where authorship is disputed or unknown. Forensics linguistics has been used to provide evidence in trademark disputes cases, identifying the author of anonymous texts (such as threat or harassment letters), and identifying cases of plagiarism.
—Robert Hudock, "Fingerprinting (Writeprinting) Text Using Stylistic Features Can Be Used To Accurately Identify the Authorship of Anonymous Emails, Blog Entries and IRC Chat Sessions," Law Blog 2.0, June 20th, 2009

For the first time, said data-mining expert Benjamin Fung, analysts have used the complex algorithms and almost imperceptible human quirks that make up the concept of "frequent pattern" to work out each person's unique email fingerprint or "write-print."
—Lesley Ciarula Taylor, "Canadian scientists crack code for tracing anonymous emails," The Toronto Star, March 9, 2011

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teacup

(名詞) 心靈脆弱、容易心煩氣躁的大學生。亦叫做 teacup kid

引句:
Toughen up, teacup. No matter how brilliant you think you (and your argument) may be, the day will come when you will be told in no uncertain terms that you are laughably wrong. Will you cry? ...

It's bad enough that the teacups think, feel and act as they do. That the rules of the law prof game are to encourage this teacup behavior is absurd.
—Scott H. Greenfield, "Law School Lessons: The Teacup Rule," Simple Justice, May 4, 2010

In the US, Skenazy says helicopter parenting has led to a generation of young adults so fragile they are known as "teacup kids'.
—Judy Skatssoon, "The perils of parenting," The Telegraph, October 1, 2010

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cybrarian

(名詞) 網路圖書館員:擅於尋找、蒐集和組織網路資訊並將這些資訊按優先順序處理的圖書館員。這個字是由 cyber- 和 librarian 拼綴而成。

引句:
About a third of the library graduate programs in the United States have now ditched the word library. Not that librarians, as a rule, have begun identifying themselves as information scientists or, for that matter, cybrarians—I use this last word to conjure up the new breed of tech-savvy librarians, part cyborg, part cat's-eye reading glasses.
—Marilyn Johnson, This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, Harper Books, February 2, 2010

Cybrarians are exactly what the name implies: a librarian for the 21st century. Cybrarians have the same research and data gathering skills of traditional librarians, but they apply that knowledge to online technology.
—Anthony Balderrama, "5 careers you might not have heard of," CNN.com, September 6, 2010

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waithood

(名詞) 年輕的大學畢業生在找到工作或儲蓄足夠的錢之前推遲或暫緩結婚、購屋等活動的階段。

引句:
In global surveys young Arabs turn out to be relatively optimistic about the future. The frustrations they experience as they turn into adults—notably the years of "waithood" that are typical before they find jobs and, therefore, before they can marry and enjoy sex (premarital relations are taboo in much of the Arab world)—are hardly the stuff of which political revolutions are generally made.
—"The fever under the surface," The Economist, July 23, 2009

Last year's UN human development report for Egypt said many of the nation's young people were trapped in "waithood", defined as a prolonged period "during which they simply wait for their lives to begin".
—Jack Shenker, "Egypt's frustrated young wait for their lives to begin, and dream of revolution," The Observer, January 23, 2011

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hint fiction

(名詞) 微小說:一種極為簡短的文學作品,通常不超過 25 個字,但卻隱含著一個更長更複雜的故事情節。

引句:
Students participated in two workshop sessions based upon their interests. Available workshops included music composition, multi-modal creations, hint-fiction writing, acting, advertising/marketing/ expressive color, digital photography, and musical emotions.
—Nicole Shaw, "CAL high school students participate in Humanities Day 2011," The Cadet Gazette, February 23, 2011

Excited by the possibilities of the hint fiction form, the staff of "Any Other Word," Penn State York's online literary magazine, is running its own hint fiction contest now through the end of March 2011.
—"'Any Other Word' Hosts 2011 Hint Fiction Contest," Penn State York, March 8, 2011

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rumpy-pumpy

(名詞) 嘿咻、炒飯。

這是英文數十個所謂押韻複合詞 (rhyming compounds) 之一,與 hanky-panky 同義。

例句:
Hey you two! Remember: no hanky panky in the room! (嘿,你們兩個! 要記住:不可在房裡亂搞)

My girlfriend and I did the rumpy-pumpy last night. It was da bomb. (昨晚我跟我女友炒了飯。爽翻了)

da bomb 為口語,意思相當於 awesome (棒極了)。

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iciclology

(名詞) 冰柱學 (the study of icicles)。
iciclologist (名詞):冰柱學家。

引句:
A team of Canadian iciclologists has put to rest the notion that one frozen cone of drips is exactly the same as the next.
—Laura Sanders, Video: The Different Shapes of Iciclology, Wired Science, August 13, 2010

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edupunk

(名詞) 捨傳統教學工具而就網路學習及其他高科技學習方法的教育改革運動。亦寫成 edu-punk

引句:
The troubled economy and changing technology have already fueled a do-it-yourself education reform movement dubbed "edupunk," which envisions virtual campuses and lower-cost or even free instruction. The edupunks are picking up where traditional institutions left off.
—Patrick Arden, "Will NYC's College Building Boom Bubble Pop?," The Village Voice, July 27, 2010

Edupunks — the term for high-tech do-it-yourself educators who skirt traditional structures — are piloting wiki-type U's that stitch together open course material from many institutions and combine it with student-to-student interaction.
—Katie Hafner, "An Open Mind," The New York Times, April 16, 2010

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neurolaw

(名詞) 神經法律學。亦寫成 neuro-law

這是一門新興的學問,旨在研究神經科學 (neuroscience) 上的發現對法律規則與標準的影響,換言之,就是研究在司法體系中應用神經科學證據和理論的原理與實務。神經法律的原理與實務將是未來司法辦案的趨勢,因為它強調的是用科學辦案、用大腦蒐證。

引句:
But what about people who rape and murder — should we feel empathy for them? Should they be allowed to argue in court that their brains made them do it? Enter the new world of "neurolaw" — in which neuroscience is used as evidence in the courtroom.
—Barbara Bradley Hagerty, "A Neuroscientist Uncovers A Dark Secret," NPR, June 29, 2010

The extent of that revolution is hotly debated, but the influence of what some call neurolaw is clearly growing. ... Proponents of neurolaw say that neuroscientific evidence will have a large impact not only on questions of guilt and punishment but also on the detection of lies and hidden bias, and on the prediction of future criminal behavior.
—Jeffrey Rosen, "The Brain on the Stand," The New York Times, March 11, 2007

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