Meat grown in vitro from a tissue culture. Also: schmeat. [sheet + meat]
Chances are you will have seen or read about science’s latest ground-breaking effort: producing meat in a test tube. It got its first showing last week in the form of a hamburger pattie. Shmeat
, they call it, and the taste testers gave it a resounding thumbs down.
Shmeat means “a sheet of meat” but I suspect you could make a case for another definition, going by the taste test.
—Ed Gannon, “Shmeat argument is very hard to swallow,” Herald Sun, August 16, 2013
While in a car in a crowded parking lot, waiting for, and possibly following, a person who is going to exit the lot and thus free up a parking spot.
By the same token, don’t hover around waiting for shoppers heading to their cars. There’s a term for this: perching
—Angel Streeter, “South Florida parking specialists offer holiday parking tips
, November 21, 2012
The hijacking of a drone, either by physically capturing the device or by compromising its navigation system. Also: drone-jacking.
I’m concerned about physical hijacking (dronejacking
—jobigoud, “Delivery by drone in Sydney” (comment
, October 14, 2013
A legal or voluntary obligation assumed by the owner of a work in exchange for having the work protected by copyright.
Hyde embraces the concept of “copyduty” along with copyright. A copyduty is an obligation voluntarily owed by an author or artist to the public or some segment thereof which may serve as an offset to that author or artist’s copyright.
—Fred Brandfon, “Art and ownership: on Lewis Hyde’s Common as Air; Book review,” The American Poetry Review, March 1, 2011
Graffiti created by strategically removing dust, dirt, or other grime from a surface to create an image or message.
Also in the show are the American artist Jim Dingilian’s smoke landscapes in a bottle, which have the elusive look of memories, and the Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion’s video of his “reverse” graffiti
, carved into the soot-saturated walls of São Paolo traffic tunnels.
—Alix Browne, “The Other Ash Can School
,” The New York Times
, February 7, 2012
To release a dangerous or helpless mentally ill person from a hospital because there are no private or public psychiatric beds available.
A 2010 report found that 200 individuals in Virginia who were psychotic and either dangerous or incapable of caring for themselves were “streeted
” — slang coined by emergency room doctors for when hospitals knowingly put a psychotic patient on the sidewalk.
—Pete Earley, “Deeds attack shows that our system is a mess: Column
,” USA Today
, November 21, 2013
The placement of schools away from the communities they serve, especially beyond walking distance of those communities.
has been part of the pattern, too, with large campuses placed at a distance from most students and their families. Check out the locations of three Loudoun County schools on the satellite map above: they have all been placed on former farmland just beyond the reach of sprawling new subdivisions.
—Kaid Benfield, “How Sprawl Makes Fighting Childhood Obesity So Much Harder
,” The Atlantic Cities
, July 25, 2013
A woman without children who dotes on her nieces and nephews. [From the phrase professional aunt no kids.]
Breaking acronym alert! The world’s sociologists have been at it again. All hail the pank
, or “professional aunt, no kids”, a species defined by the spoiling, confidence-sharing and general nurturing of other people’s nippers.
—Hannah Betts, “Why this devoted ‘professional aunt, no kids’ is proud to be a ‘pank’
,“ The Telegraph
, November 11, 2013
A small filament of gold that collects in the leaf of a tree that grows over a gold deposit.
Here’s a new word for you: phytonugget
. It’s a tiny bit of gold, the dimensions of which are roughly half the thickness of a human hair. It doesn’t sound particularly interesting until you hear that it grows on trees.
—Michael Brooks, “A market that won’t go pop: why helium balloons could one day cost £100 each
,” New Statesman
, November 7, 2013
Adding kitschy, superficial, or inauthentic features to a public space.
He did it while taking a stand against gentrification, and against the theme-parking
of history, by insisting that real people must continue to live, work, study and retire amid the historic plazas, palaces, museums and boutique hotels.
—David Montgomery, “Eusebio Leal: The man who would save Old Havana
,” The Washington Post
, May 20, 2012
Having a child participate in activities, programs, and experiences that will look good on the child’s future college application.
Middle-class parents are understandably anxious to give their kids the best chance possible in life. That’s why they are willing to invest more in “kid credentialling
” than ever. That’s why the word “parent” has turned from a noun into a verb.
—Margaret Wente, “The kids don’t play any more
,” The Globe and Mail
, November 16, 2013
A photographic self-portrait, particularly one taken with the intent of posting it to a social network.
This is the shot we've all been waiting for: the first time that our robot on Mars would rotate its camera and snap an image of its Short Circuit-like head.
This is, as the kids would say, a "selfie," a photo taken with the intent to post it to social media sites.
—Alexis Madrigal, "Mars Curiosity Rover Takes a Selfie," The Atlantic, September 10, 2012