A drooping jawline and saggy jowls caused by neck muscles that have been shortened from constantly looking down at a smartphone or similar device.
A new ailment, characterized by sagging jowls and a drooping jawline, has been dubbed "smartphone face
." It comes from repeatedly bending forward to peer at a hand-held device, doctors say.
—Amber Sutherland, "'Phone face' woe
," The New York Post
, May 17, 2012
Resembling eyeglasses, particularly with respect to a wearable computing device. Also: glasses-like.
Google's wearable computer, the most anticipated piece of electronic wizardry since the iPad and iPhone, will not go on sale for many months....
The glasseslike device, which allows users to access the Internet, take photos and film short snippets, has been pre-emptively banned by a Seattle bar.
—David Streitfield, "Google Glass Picks Up Early Signal: Keep Out," The New York Times, May 6, 2013
Cosmetic surgery designed to improve how a person looks in photos posted to social networking sites.
An increasing number of young people are going for cosmetic surgery so that their profile pictures look perfect. Cosmetic surgeons have coined a term for the phenomenon — the Facebook Facelift
—Nalini Ravichandran, "Rise of the 'Facebook Facelift': How young men and women are turning to surgery in the quest for the perfect profile picture
," Mail Online India
, May 1, 2013
The elaborate fabrication of an online identity to trick a person into a romantic relationship.
—catfish v., n.
And while what happened to Manti Te'o is bringing the term to light, we shouldn't talk about catfishing
like it's a new thing. Ever since there's been an Internet, there's been a fat guy in an undershirt pretending to be a hot model. Social media only makes the lie more believable and more noticeable.
—Scott Kleinburg, "Don't be the next Te'o
," Chicago Tribune
, January 24, 2013
A literary or movie genre featuring dystopian stories of Earth affected by extreme climate change. [Climate + fiction.]
Odds is the latest in what seems to be an emerging literary genre. Over the past decade, more and more writers have begun to set their novels and short stories in worlds, not unlike our own, where the Earth's systems are noticeably off-kilter. The genre has come to be called climate fiction — "cli-fi
," for short.
—Angela Evancie, "So Hot Right Now: Has Climate Change Created A New Literary Genre?
," National Public Radio
, April 20, 2013
Cantankerous and old-fashioned or bourgeois, particularly with respect to values or ideas. Also: hey-kids-get-off-my-lawn.
From there, though, the film turns into a disorganized rant, jumping from Uneeda Biscuits to the Glass-Steagall Act to kids and their infernal text messaging and anything else that occurred to Mr. Hoffman or the seemingly random collection of people he allows to spout off on camera. The whole enterprise has a get-off-my-lawn
feel; it tries to pass off whining and a rose-colored-glasses view of the past as insight.
—Neil Genzlinger, "Analyzing History Before the Dust Settles
," The New York Times
, August 16, 2012
A fingernail with an applied color, pattern, or shape that is different from the other nails.
Commonly known as the "feature nail
," this trend is far from over, thanks to the ever-increasing interest in nail art. The fashion world has been taking nails and nail art very seriously in the past few years, as seen on international designer runways. The trend of painting, patterning and/or embellishing one nail differently is now being embraced both by celebrities and by the mainstream.
—Bahar Niramwalla, "What's a 'feature nail' and how do I wear it?
," The Globe and Mail
, April 13, 2013
A long-winded recitation of one's ailments, particularly those related to or caused by aging.
Often it starts with an innocent greeting, such as "How are you?" When we were younger, the answer was usually, "Fine, how are you?" Lately however, with friends of a certain age, I find that the question will open into a extended discourse about health and aging, reminiscent of the classic Buddhist reflection on the 32 parts of the body — a report on the liver, lungs, joints, muscles, kidneys, heart — a conversation sometimes known as "the organ recital
—Wes Nisker, "The Practice of Geezing
," The Huffington Post
, February 6, 2013
To manufacture something at the molecular level using nanotechnology. [Nano- + manufacture.] —n.
Hope's chosen medium is "nanofacture
," a neologism that describes fabrication at a molecular level. He builds his paintings using a cobbled-together toolkit of hard and softwares, starting with a molecular modeling software called PyMol and ending with a RepRap 3D printer.
—Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan , "Artist 'Nanofactures' Paintings Using a 3D Printer and Molecular Modelling Software
, April 24, 2013
A person who believes that extreme fiscal austerity is the key to solving economic problems, particularly for countries carrying huge debt loads. Also: Austerian.
," as the champions of fiscal prudence are called, perhaps a little uncharitably, are in retreat because an emphasis on deficit cutting has failed to generate a convincing recovery.
—Kevin Carmichael, "'Austerians' are reeling as G20 avoids mention of hard fiscal targets
," The Globe and Mail
, April 21, 2013
A garden that includes mostly food-producing plants, particularly fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes, vegetables, and herbs.
She calls that a "food forest
" — a diverse and multi-layered mix of tree canopy, berry-laden shrubs, vines, groundcover and planting beds.
"You can create a food forest garden in any aesthetic style in a typical urban, suburban or rural backyard," Bloom said.
—Dean Fosdick, "Backyard chickens? Give them a 'food forest'," Associated Press, March 26, 2013
An intern hired to monitor and post messages to a company's social media accounts. [Twitter + intern.]
is a graduate or university student who completes an internship at a company and has a focus on social media, including — but not restricted to — Facebook and Twitter.
—Cara Jenkins, "Interns help firms turn on social media
," The Advertiser
, January 8, 2011