CFB News Wire, Crowdfunding joins big data and gamification, illustrating how technology is being used to understand and motivate behavior.
And more new words:
catfish (not the fish but the person who takes on a false online identity, a la the phantom girlfriend of football pro Manti Te’o)
poutine: a French Canadian snack or side dish of french fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds
unfriend, which joins defriend
hot spot, a place where Wi-Fi is available.
gamification: the process of adding gamelike elements to something to encourage participation.
And, according to a Merriam-Webster news release, a similar, if more playful, intersection of technology and human behavior can be seen in steampunk (definition: “science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology”).
Yoopers make the dictionary
Da “Yoopers” up dere in da U.P., Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, hit it big with inclusion of their nickname in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the company’s free online database.
The moniker for native or longtime residents of the Lake Superior region known for a distinctive manner of speaking and its Scandinavian roots was among 150 new words announced by the Springfield company.
The update of the Collegiate’s 11th edition has pleased Yooper Steve Parks, the prosecutor in Delta County, Michigan, who pushed for more than a decade to have the word recognized by Merriam-Webster. He and others splashed their joy online when news of the higher profile spread back in March.
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