(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



(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