New Words to the English Language

1. assitude

Date: January 30, 2001

Context: Rice debate instructor Dan West commenting on a student’s speaking:

"You could tell that she had a lot of assitude. Judges do not appreciate too much assitude."

Meaning: a rude, cocky, possibly hostile disposition with an inclination to forego any social conventions of politeness.

2. blows

Date: February 2, 2001

Context: A student in Hanszen’s old section in conversation with another student:

"I have three exams in two days!"

"That blows!"

Meaning: to be objectionable or to suck (in the slang sense meaning to be inadequate or not favorable)

3. celli

Date: February 9, 2001

Context: A college student talking suggesting to his friends another way of contacting someone. "Let’s just call him on his celli."

Meaning: cellphone or a cellular telephone

4. Neo-Luddite (Neo-Luddism)

Date: February 10, 2001

Context: On the webpage describing people’s views toward technological change: (The article is for October 18, 1999 but I noticed it on the date assigned above).

"’Neo-Luddism has the potential to allow people to discriminate between that which genuinely benefits society and that which does not,’ says the site's operator, a Yorkshire, England, college student who has taken the name of Ned Ludd. He gives as an example, the ‘necessary technology’ of a cardiac defibrillator as opposed to genetically altered foods, which Neo-Luddites view as a threatening leap into the unknown."

Meaning: a person who is opposed to the rapid technological change or development (in the form of computers and information technology) with a nature to blame technology for social problems.

5. frappuccino

Date: February 15, 2001

Context: A couple of college students heading to get a drink:

"I need something to keep me awake. I could use a frappuccino!"

Meaning: a chilled cappuccino drink that might have various flavorings like chocolate added

6. rave

Date: February 23, 2001

Context: A student describing a party: "Hey are you going to go the rave?"

Meaning: a party that is characterized by loud rock music, a dark atmosphere with laser lights or glow-sticks providing the lighting, and sometimes excessive stimulant drug use.

7. ftp

Date: February 26, 2001

Context: A college students questions how to obtain an electronic document:

"Can I ftp it to my account and just use it from there?"

Meaning: using a File Transfer Protocol program that transfers files along a network often quicker than email

8. swaths

Date: April 10, 2001

Context: A Rice Linguistics professor describing word formation: "There are swaths of words that have been influenced because of cultural contact."

Meaning: a large number, throng

9. ghetto

Date: March 10, 2001

Context: A college student describing a restaurant:

"We could go eat there but it is really ghetto; the floor is dirty, the wall paper is falling off. and there is crack in the window."

Meaning: characteristic of a poor neighborhood, dilapidated, or run-down

10. ebusiness

Date: March 7, 2001

Context: A CNN Headline News reporter describing the latest trend in the stock market:

"The market experienced a boost because of the success of ebusinesses across the country."

Meaning: electronic business; company that sells it goods or provides services over the internet

11. nounify

Date: March 22, 2001

Context: A Rice Linguistics professor describing the purpose of an ending: "The ending helps to nounify the word."

Meaning: make into a noun or turn into a noun

12. crapulence

Date: March 27, 2001

Context: A college student complaining about bureaucracy: "I am so tired of all of this crapulence! Why can’t they just make us fill out waivers instead of banning trucks?"

Meaning: marked by having the quality of excrement (often used figuratively and with the intent to insult) or being nonsensical

13. sexile

Date: March 23, 2001

Context: A college student explaining why he is not currently working in his room: "I would be working but unfortunately my roommate decided to sexile me-- my roommate’s girlfriend had a little to drink."

Meaning: banishment caused by a roommate’ s amorous affairs (not necessarily sexual but definitely physical love).

14. hoochie

Date: April 6, 2001

Context: A college student describing a person who is dressed in a tight fitting, short skirt: "Look at her. She is such a hoochie."

Meaning: a promiscuous person, in the manner of a prostitute, a person deliberately advertising his/her body to get noticed

15. jive

Date: March 17, 2001

Context: A professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics checking to see if his audience was still understanding him: "So the matrix has n eigenvalues. Does that jive?"

Meaning: to fit or to make sense or to be appropriate

16. sparsify

Date: April 5, 2001

Context: A professor wants less numbers and notation in a computer program: "You need to sparsify that matrix."

Meaning: to make sparse

17. foreigny

Date: April 16, 2001

Context: An O-Week coordinator describing how changing a play will affect the audience: "If we do not present it in play form it will make it seem foreigny."

Meaning: a state of being somewhat foreign or quasi distant

18. Tarantino

Date: March 1, 2001

Context: A student describing the film Snatch: "It was Tarintino in a way but somewhat faster."

Meaning: a movie with both witty and slang-filled dialogue, excessive violence, and arranged as a collection of discontinuous scenes that fit together at the end of the movie.

19. reality show

Date: April 20, 2001

Context: A college student describing television preference: "I love reality shows! They are very addictive."

Meaning: a television program that is not scripted and exposes "real" people (not actors) to situations and tapes their responses

20. pop-culture

Date: March 12, 2001

Context: A professor discussing movies and the current trend: "Pop-culture just eats up these crappy movies that have no plot but have a lot of violence in them."

Meaning: the culture that is most popular or prevalent–action movies, pizza, Tommy Hilfiger, and email might all be characteristics of pop-culture.

21. ego-surf

Date: April 4, 2001

Context: A girl describing a professor’s habit of trying to find his name on the internet: "He must spend a lot of time ego-surfing of course with a name like his he must have to weed out a lot."

Meaning: searching for one’s name on the internet to see how many webpages or people have the name.

22. Californication

Date: February 3, 2001

Context: The Red Hot Chili Peppers have a song concerning the Hollywood culture’s treatment of sex with the lyrics:

"Born and raised by those who praise

Control of population everybody’s been there and

I don’t mean on vacation

First born unicorn

Hard core soft porn

Dream of Californication

Dream of Cailfornication"

Meaning: 1. the excessive use of fornication by the movie industry in California for entertainment and its consequent harms 2. The widespread of popularity of California culture

23. techno-savvy

Date: February 26, 2001

Context: A speaker asking for someone to do a webpage: "If any of you are techno-savvy or know someone who is they can do the webpage."

Meaning: skilled at information technology especially computers

24. japanimation

Date: March 7, 2001

Context: At the movie store my friend comes across a section of cartoon movies from Asia: "How do you feel about a nice bit of japanimation?"

Meaning: animated movies produced in Asia that often contain fight scenes, have a lot of action, and have characters with large eyes drawn in a unique style; animé movies (resemble video games)

25. putz

Date: March 2, 2001

Context: When asked what he was going to do for spring break my friend responded: "I am just going to putz around with this and that."

Meaning: play around, keep busy but accomplish nothing