DDo$

(名詞) 分散式阻斷金錢攻擊 -- 將一筆罰款或費用拆成許多筆小額電子款項來支付的伎倆或手段,尤其是當每筆付款所產生的交易成本大於該筆款項時。DDo$ 為 Distributed Denial of Dollars 的縮寫,而這個縮寫字是仿效駭客慣用攻擊伎倆之一的分散式阻斷服務 (Distributed Denial of Service, DDoS) 攻擊所創造的。

引句:
P2P-ers furious over the Pirate Bay case are being asked to get back at lawyers for the entertainment industry via the counter-intuitive route of ostensibly giving them money.

By sending very small amounts of money of 1 SEK ($0.13) to Danowsky & Partners, who brought the prosecution, through the Swedish web-based payment service internet-avgift, the ruse could make lawyers lose out after fees for the transaction are taken into account. The cunning so-called Distributed Denial of Dollars attack (DDo$) is apparently the brainchild of Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm.
—John Leyden, "Pirate-pursuing lawyers get DDo$ money transfer slap," The Register, May 12, 2009

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stu-com

(名詞) 搞笑喜劇;搞笑片。這個字是 stupid comedy 的縮寫。

引句:
"I Love You, Beth Cooper" (電影:《校花我愛你》) is unusual in that it’s the rare teen stu-com—shorthand for "stupid comedy," a proud lineage that goes back to "Porky's" (電影:《留校察看》) and beyond—that's based on a novel.
—Ty Burr, " I Love You, Beth Cooper," Boston Globe, July 10, 2009

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widget

(名詞) 小型應用程式 (small applications)。

引句:
A widget can be many things, but most recently the word has come to describe small applications which run on your computer. You might have been given the option to download a widget and wondered what it meant. Widgets can have all sorts of functions – you can download a weather widget, so you can predict the weather or a calendar widget, or a twitter widget. You name it, there’s probably a widget out there which does it.

'Widget' is thought to have come from the word 'gadget'. The original meaning of this seems to be to describe something that you couldn’t think of the word for. According to some etymologists (people who research the origins of words), 'widget' was a variation of the word 'gadget' which arose in the 1920s or 1930s in the US. Before this, the word 'gadget' seems to have been used by British sailors in the mid to late 19th century to describe something which they had forgotten the word for. Used in this way it may have come from a French word ‘gachette’, meaning a type of lock mechanism. Nobody really seems sure. What we can say though, about both ‘widget’ and ‘gadget’ is that they are normally used for something which is not easy to define exactly, something usually mechanical or more recently in relation to computers.
—Jim Pettiward, "Keep your English up to date: Widget," BBC, June 30, 2009

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death midwife

(名詞) 協助家屬在自家辦喪事 (home funeral) 的人。

在美國,由於經濟不景氣,home funeral 越來越盛行,而 death midwife 的人數也越來越多,因為在家辦喪事比在殯儀館 (funeral home or funeral parlor ) 舉行葬體便宜許多,而 death midwife 的收費亦比殯葬業者 (funeral director or undertaker) 來得低廉。

引句:
While only a tiny portion of the nation’s dead are cared for at home, the number is growing. There are at least 45 organizations or individuals nationwide that help families with the process, compared with only two in 2002, Mr. Slocum said. The cost of a death midwife, as some of the coaches call themselves, varies from about $200 for an initial consultation to $3,000 if the midwife needs to travel.
—Katie Zezima, " Home Burials Offer an Intimate Alternative," New York Times, July 21, 2009

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eatertainment

(名詞) 飲食娛樂;飲食娛樂業;集吃喝玩樂於一身的消費場所。這個字是由 eat 和 entertainment 拼綴而成。
eatertain (v.):提供飲食娛樂;使得到飲食娛樂。
eatertaining (adj.):使人得到飲食娛樂的。.

引句:
Kessler spends a lot of time meeting with (often anonymous) consultants who describe how they are trying to fashion products that offer what’s become known in the food industry as “eatertainment.” Fat, sugar, and salt turn out to be the crucial elements in this quest: different “eatertaining” items mix these ingredients in different but invariably highly caloric combinations.
—Elizabeth Kolbert, " XXXL," New Yorker, July 20, 2009

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v-spam

(名詞) 病毒垃圾郵件 (virus spam):內含病毒網站之連結的電子郵件,收件人只要一時不察而點按該連結,電腦就會中毒。

引句:
V-spam is a dangerous strain of “virus spam” that is designed to deceive recipients, causing them to invite viruses into their computers. Virus spam, or v-spam, attempts to circumvent anti-virus protection by enticing users to click a Web site link contained in an email, which then delivers a virus.
—Mr. Modem, "It’s always something: V-spam," Press-Enterprise, July 10, 2009

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intexticated

(形容詞) 開車時專注於收發簡訊的;開車時因收發簡訊而分心的。這個字是仿效 intoxicated (= drunk,酒醉的) 所創造的。
intexticating (動名詞)
intextication (名詞)。

引句:
The usual concerns arise, knowing teen drivers will be packing the ever-present buzzing and ringing cell phones from which most seem incapable of parting. We've had the discussion many times at our house of the idiocy of driving while using a cell phone and especially driving while "intexticated," and as confident as I am that my kid won't do it, there's always that nagging concern that the slightest distraction can lead to tragic consequences.
—Lorrie Lykins, "Parents, teens need safe driving contract," St. Petersburg Times, May 31, 2009

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wallet neuropathy

(名詞) 錢包神經疾病:由坐在置於褲子後口袋內鼓鼓的錢包上所造成的腰痛。neuropathy 意為「神經疾病」。

wallet neuropathy 亦叫做 wallet neuritis (錢包神經炎)、wallet sciatica (錢包坐骨神經痛)、fat wallet syndrome (胖錢包症候群) 或 hip-pocket syndrome (臀部口袋症候群)。

引句:
Physiotherapists have coined the term 'wallet-neuropathy' for the lower back pain caused by men sitting down (such as when driving or in the office) on wallets always carried in their back trouser pocket.

The condition is triggered by the wallet pressing on sciatic nerves in the back and can lead to pain or numbness in the lower leg, ankle or foot.
—Victoria Lambert, "Why marrying a younger woman can save your life (even if it sends HER to an early grave)," Daily Mail, June 30, 2009

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Wikipedia kid

(名詞) 維基百科學生:缺乏研究技巧及重要思考能力的學生。

引句:
As an English professor at Algonquin College in Ottawa, I was very impressed by the report's neologism: "Wikipedia kids." Too many graduates of Ontario's high schools know how to cut and paste, but have learnt little about cross-referencing and taking time to read, think and incorporate what they've read into a wider scheme of knowledge
—Nathan Greenfield, "View from here — Shopping and schools don't mix," The Times Educational Supplement, May 22, 2009

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