Some Words of the Year 2011
Lawlessness and looting that followed Chile’s earthquake.
A showbiz romance faked for PR purposes.
Shiny Floor Shows
Bold, brash light-entertainment TV.
Using several forms of media simultaneously
(e.g., surfing the net while watching TV).
Top Hat, Top Kill, Junk Shot
Three mooted means of halting the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Puffing on ‘e-cigarettes’.
Twitterers with >1m followers.
Manipulating specific events in a sports match.
Switch On to Switch Off — People who can only feel relaxed
with their personal communication devices turned on.
Hillary Clinton’s Churchillian term for the effects of
internet censorship in China and elsewhere.
Single Service Sites
Websites which fulfil an extremely narrow purpose –
such as IsItChristmas.com (the answer is ‘no’ 364 days a year).
Fakelaki, Rousfeti & 4-4-2 System
Terms associated with Greece’s culture of bribery, identified in the WSJ.
Fakelaki is Greek for ‘little envelopes’ of payola;
Rousfeti are expensive political favours;
4-4-2 system is a soccer allusion to tax: 40% to the corrupt official,
40% one keeps, 20% paid to the state.
Also Greek Statistics
(EU)phemism for ‘creative accounting’.
The Tiger Recession
The economic consequence for golf of Woods’s withdrawal from the game.
Online pricing tactic where the total cost is revealed only at the end of
a long process and after (compulsory) add-ons have been included.
An alias given when ordering at a coffee shop to
avoid the bother of spelling one’s real name.
Who cling on.