(名詞) 兩個人之間比純友誼更親密一些、但還稱不上是愛情的關係。這個字是由 situation + relationship 拼綴而成。
I have a disconcerting habit of keeping some people around longer than I should. So it’s sadly no surprise that I stayed in a “situationship” that looked like a committed relationship, but wasn’t, for way too long.
—Erica R. William, “Settling For A Situationship: Why I Spent Two Years Of My Life With An In-The-Meantime Man,” Madame Noire, January 19, 2016
For all the boyfriends that were never really my boyfriend, past hookups and their mealy scars of things left unsaid, there was now a clever umbrella term: situationships. And getting involved in a situationship might be the worst thing you can do to yourself.
—Carina Hsieh, “Is the ‘Situationship’ Ruining Modern Romance?,” Cosmopolitan, May 1, 2017
(名詞) (下水道的) 巨型油脂塊；油脂山 － 民眾將廚餘、濕紙巾、尿布、排泄物及其他廢物直接倒入水溝或馬桶的結果，因積存多時而凝固成塊狀，看起來跟水泥塊沒什麼區別。這個字是由 fat (脂肪) + iceberg (冰山) 拼綴而成。
Enormous clusters of wet wipes are creating “fatbergs” that are clogging up sewer pipes across NSW, including a one-tonne cluster that blew out a pumping station near Lake Macquarie.
—Gabriel Wingate-Pearse & Glen Humphries, “Fatbergs: One tonne balls of wet wipes and fat block sewers,” The Sydney Morning Herald, February 25, 2016
First, someone might pour molten turkey fat down a drain. A few blocks away, someone else might flush a wet wipe down a toilet. When the two meet in a dank sewer pipe, a baby fatberg is born.
—Erika Engelhaupt, “Huge Blobs of Fat and Trash Are Filling the World’s Sewers,” National Geographic, August 16, 2017
(名詞) 見證樹 － 非常古老的樹，尤指曾經「見證」重要歷史事件的樹。
Many tourists come to the Laurel Hill Cemetery, and they loved the tree because it was one of those that touched history; it was alive when famous figures from the past were alive,“ said Civil War author and historian Andy Waskie…” Many battlefields, such as Gettysburg, have ‘witness trees,’ which survived the fighting and are honored.
—Edward Colimore, “Laurel Hill Cemetery’s legendary ‘witness tree’ is felled,” The Inquirer (Philadelphia), May 29, 2016
Today, only four trees survive from Washington’s time—he died at Mount Vernon in 1799….No one is more aware of the mortality of the witness trees near the mansion than Joel King, a Mount Vernon gardener who is on a mission to propagate them.
—Adrian Higgins, “This gardener is working to preserve George Washington’s last surviving trees,” The Washington Post, February 20, 2017
－tree blind (v.)：對周遭的樹木視而不見；無視周遭樹木的存在。
He laments that in big cities, children or even their parents have never scaled or felt trees. He chooses to call this phenomenon in urban areas, ‘tree blindness’. “People have this habit of ignoring the presence of trees around them,” said Khanna, who lives in New Friends Colony with his parents and younger sister.
—Vatsala Shrangi, “S Delhi resident revives the art of tree climbing in cities,” Hindustan Times, May 23, 2016
There was a time when knowing your trees was a matter of life and death, because you needed to know which ones were strong enough to support a house and which ones would feed you through the winter. Now most of us walk around, to adapt a term devised by some botanists, tree blind. But here’s the good news: Tree blindness can be cured.
—Gabriel Popkin, “Cure Yourself of Tree Blindness,” The New York Times, August 26, 2017
(動名詞/現在分詞) 以看似本地號碼的電話所打的詐騙電話 (scam call, scam phone call)。亦可用 neighboring 來表示相同的意思。英式拼法為 neighbour spoofing 或 neighbouring。Spoof (v., n.) 意為「詐騙，行騙，欺騙」。
Apparently, the scammer used a technique called “neighbor spoofing.” The caller ID of such calls matches the area code and the first three digits of the recipient’s phone number, which is more likely to be answered than calls that simply match the area code.
—Rob LeFebvre, “FCC may fine robocall spammer $120 million for illegal spoofing,” Engadget, June 22, 2017
There are now a billion robocalls going to cellphones and landlines every month. Many of them look like they’re from your neighbor. It’s not really your neighbor, of course. It’s neighbor spoofing — which means using the internet to make it look like a scammer (who could be anywhere in the world) is calling from your area.
—Sally Helm & Kenny Malone, “Episode 789: Robocall Invasion,” NPR, August 18, 2017
－soft robotic (adj.)：軟性機器人的；軟性機器人學的
－soft robot (n.)：軟性機器人
The researchers planted a soft controller in the Octobot’s body that shunts liquid hydrogen peroxide through platinum reaction chambers, turning the fluid fuel to oxygen gas and water vapor. The gas pumps up the legs though tiny channels running from the body, making the gummy tentacles twitch—a big step in soft robotics.
—Kata Karáth, “The future of soft robotics: a 3D-printed, farting, gummy octopus,” Quartz, August 25, 2016
How will these robots appear in our lives and how will we interact, and live, with them? We can foresee smart skins, assist and medical devices, biodegradable and environmental robots or intelligent soft robots. For example, the compliance of soft robotics makes them ideally suited for direct interaction with biological tissue.
—Jonathan Rossiter, “Robotics, Smart Materials, and their Future Impact for Humans,” MIT Technology Review, April 6, 2017
(名詞) 恐慌經濟學 － 恐慌與焦慮對經濟活動的負面影響；利用恐慌來銷售產品和服務。亦寫成 fear-onomics。這個字是由 fear + economics 拼綴而成。
Here’s a fearonomics snapshot: Halloween spending has risen from $3.3 billion in 2005 to $6.9 billion in 2015, according to the NRF.
—Tim O'Shei & Alyssa Fisher, “Horror meets fearonomics: Why we celebrate Halloween,” Buffalo News, October 28, 2016
Acting on the lessons learned from previous outbreaks, domestic and global actors are well prepared to deal with an outbreak of Nipah virus in India. But they fail to recognize the impact of downstream “fearonomic effects”—the economic consequences resulting from hysteria outbreaks, and propelled by misinformation—that lead to irrational decision-making on the part of both individuals and states.
—“Event: Pandemonium—Risk Factors for Future Pandemics,” Global Public Policy Initiative, June 13, 2017
(名詞) 跑步通勤；跑步上下班。亦寫成 run-commute 或 run commute。
－runcommute (v.)：跑步通勤；跑步上下班；runcommuter (or run commuter) (n.)：跑步通勤者；跑步上下班的人。
Like our profiled runcommuter from earlier in the year, Julien Delange, James uses runcommuting to train for ultra distance trail races. …James says that runcommuting helps him leave work at a reasonable time; the knowledge that he’s going to run home gets him out the door of the office.
—Kate Livett, “The New Run Commuters—December 2016,” The Run Commuter, December 5, 2016
This is the beauty of the runcommute—on the days when you’re not thinking about pace you can enjoy the fact that the very act of runcommuting is the ultimate in multitasking. It encompasses training, transport, therapy and sightseeing all in one.
—“Make the most of your runcommute for spring marathons,” Iamrunbox, February 2, 2017
Now, it’s hard to find a news page that doesn’t feature a chumbox, and several large advertisers, like Outbrain, use them extensively. “You see them on CNN, you see them on Fortune… they’re just everywhere — and clearly making a lot of money.”
—Nora Young, “Diving into internet ‘chum?’ Yes, it’s as bad as you’d expect.,” CBC Radio, October 9, 2016
Got a line on a small ad network with tasteful advertising? Do you have experience with online advertising and advice for me? Let’s talk. Chumbox providers need not apply.
—Jason Kottke, “Some site news: a (temporary) farewell to advertising,” kottke.org, April 3, 2017
(名詞) 將參加賽跑 － 如馬拉松或鐵人三項 (游泳、單車、賽跑三項全能賽) － 和度假結合在一起的旅遊。亦寫成 race-cation。這個字是由 race + vacation 拼綴而成。
The group is part of a trend of people taking “racecations” — trips built around participation in events ranging from traditional marathons to mud-spattered obstacle courses.
—Dana McMahan, “Race Vacations Offer Rewards Beyond the Finish Line,” NBC News, August 11, 2014
I just got back from a mini racecation. I thought I’d share the things that I always forget and the things I never forget to create the ultimate packing list for a racecation!
—“The Fool-Proof Packing List For Your Next Race,” Women’s Running, March 23, 2016