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The Weirdest Words Technology Has Added to the Dictionary

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 8/4/15 11:00 PM
Topics: retail technology

Whether it's instant messaging, social media, or any other cause, the technological boom of the last 20+ years has brought a lot of new terminology along with it. In this post from Hubspot, they cover the top 20 words that technology has helped find their way into the dictionary. Check out a portion of their list below, or find all 20 here.


8) First World problem (n.)

A relatively trivial or minor problem or frustration (implying a contrast with serious problems such as those that may be experienced in the developing world).

"It's a First World problem, but still if you're staying at a 5-star resort you expect some decent service."

9) Srsly (adv.)


"Srsly though, I see where you're coming from."

10) Cyberchondriac (n.)

A person who compulsively searches the internet for information about particular real or imagined symptoms of illness.

"Everybody is terribly health-conscious these days -- it's not a surprise that many people are becoming cyberchondriacs."

11) Lamestream (adj. & n.)

Used to refer contemptuously to the mainstream media.

"Why as the lamestream media been so silent on the issue?"

12) Gigaflop (n.)

A unit of computing speed equal to one billion floating-point operations per second.

"He said the latest terascale supercomputing system has several hundred gigaflops of sustained power."

13) Fat finger (n.)

Used to refer to clumsy or inaccurate typing, typically resulting from one finger striking two keys at the same time.

"The programming problem turned out to be a case of fat finger."

14) Nom nom (exclamation)

Used to express pleasure at eating, or at the prospect of eating, delicious food.

"Chili and cornbread for dinner, nom nom!"

15) Egosurf (v.)

To search the internet for instances of one's own name or links to one's own website.

"I decided to take a break and do a little egosurfing."

16) Boyf (n.)

A person's boyfriend.

"She's just been dumped by her boyf."

17) Vote (someone or something) off the island (v.)

To dismiss or reject someone or something as unsatisfactory.

"When a CEO gets voted off the island, the CFO typically gets dumped, too."

18) Phablet (n.)

A smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.

"A 3.5-inch screen is inadequate in a market that is trending toward phablets."


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