A person who exhibits some of the symptoms or behaviors associated with alcoholism, but who is not a full-blown alcoholic.
Traditionally alcoholism has been understood as a black-and-white condition. Just like it’s impossible to be a little bit pregnant, it’s long been considered that a person must be either an alcoholic or not an alcoholic. Yet the mood is shifting as various shades of grey emerge and some experts claim that there may be an entire spectrum of possibilities that lie between the non-alcoholic and the alcoholic state.
Welcome to the world of the “almost alcoholic”.
—Shelley Bridgeman, “Are you ‘almost alcoholic’?,” The New Zealand Herald, December 10, 2013
A strong and irrational fear of the Ebola virus. Also: Ebola-phobia, Ebola phobia.
We are using public transportation, dining in restaurants, sending our kids to school and drinking city water right out of the tap.
We are not unhinged by Ebolaphobia.
—Jacquielynn Floyd, “Floyd: Good sense will inoculate you against Ebolaphobia,” The Dallas Morning News, October 16, 2014
Delaying or postponing something until one has had one or more cups of coffee; drinking coffee slowly as a delaying tactic. Also: pro-caffinating, procaffeinating. [procrastinating + caffeine]
is a perfect word that describes me on this lazy day as I am blissfully sipping cup after cup of coffee and procrastinating all work; cleaning the house, laundry and giving the dog a bath.
—Susan Golis, “Helplessly Procaffinating with Starbucks Coffee
, June 1, 2014
A person who campaigns or protests against the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to extract gas and oil from shale rock. Also: fractivist. [fracking + activist]
In greater numbers by the month, residents across north Orange County are calling for an end to fracking, joining a growing chorus of Californians demanding a stop to the controversial oil-drilling practice. ... “It seems like new campaigns are being started all the time,” said Hollin Kretzmann, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, which assists fracktivists
—Aaron Orlowski, “When it comes to fracking, fracktivist residents see red, not black gold
,” Orange County Register
(California), October 12, 2014
A woman who is not a mother, particularly by circumstance rather than by choice. (not + mother)
Now there is even a new word for people like myself, Jennifer and the one in five women who find themselves in their mid-40s without children: NoMos
, short for “not mothers”
—Amanda Revell Walton, “Like Jennifer Aniston, I’ve accepted I’ll never be a mum — why can’t you?
,” Daily Express
, September 4, 2014
Using enhanced or hidden measures to extract or obtain data. Also: data-fracking.
The Therapeutics Initiative’s Colin Dormuth is a Victoria researcher who already uses this information to study drug safety. After my article came out last month, he tweeted that allowing for-profit companies to mine our health data amounts to “data fracking
—Alan Cassels, “Data fracking
,” Common Ground
, October 1, 2014
A tall building made mostly from wood. Also: ply-scraper. [plywood + skyscraper]
The buildings they envision have been dubbed “plyscrapers
.” Their halting arrival into the mainstream of architecture represents a test case for whether the goal of sustainability can motivate a reversal of both long-term construction norms and the laws that have grown around them.
—Courtney Humphries, “Will cities of the future be built of wood?
,” The Boston Globe
, July 6, 2014
To respond to something in advance. Also: pre-spond.
Let me attempt to “prespond
” — a new word for anticipatory response — to potential defenses of voter ignorance.
—Ken Herman, “Herman: How’s a voter to know
” (subscription required), Austin American-Statesman
(Texas), September 17, 2014
Excessive, unmanageable, or unavoidable online social contact.
“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
A person who spends a great deal of time in music stores combing through stacks of vinyl records; a DJ who has a large collection of vinyl records. Also: crate digger.
Serene psychedelia from the heart of Massachusetts — from a man whose fortunes were revived by cratediggers
—Rob Fitzpatrick, “The 101 strangest records on Spotify: Bobb Trimble — Iron Curtain Innocence
,” The Guardian
(London), February 6, 2013
A period of extreme suffering or discomfort brought on by intense physical exertion. Also: suffer-fest, suffer fest.
A hundred years ago, when Robert Falcon Scott set out for Antarctica on his Terra Nova expedition, his two primary goals were scientific discovery and reaching the geographic South Pole. Arguably, though, Scott was really chasing what contemporary observers call a sufferfest
But perhaps the real reason to court a sufferfest — to explore or adventure, or whatever you want to call it — is that it makes a person feel alive.
—Elizabeth Weil, “The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years,” The New York Times, September 28, 2014
A pair of socks chosen to make an impression, to stand out, or to express something about oneself.
An added bonus: Statement socks
are an easy and often inexpensive indulgence. Though high-end designs are certainly available (you can buy $185 socks at Barney’s, should your path in life lead to that), you can also buy the socks at stores like Forever 21 and Target, the latter of which says it “has seen a steady interest” in statement socks
since introducing them in 2012.
—Megan Garber, “‘Like Lingerie for Men’: How Statement Socks Became So Trendy
,” The Atlantic
, October 1, 2014