Griefer, Google Cooking and other Neologisms

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Neologisms

Note: This piece was broadcast on Word of Mouth on New Hampshire Public Radio and on WCVE in Richmond VA.

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Today’s online world is in overdrive. Think of it as a novelty factory – spewing out new ideas, products, and neologisms – new words, or phrases. Take the word blog, for example, or broadband. These are now old-hat neologisms even my mother would recognize. But neologisms can also be existing words that acquire new meaning, like the term spam. Or the word friend – that’s now a verb! People friend each other on social networking sites like Facebook all the time!
So what better place to look for neologisms than at a conference devoted to the “Future of the Internet”, held by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Click here: to listen to Esther Dyson, Jimmy Wales, Tim Wu and Judith Donath (4 minutes). Or check out this 1 minute video with MIT Media Lab assoc. professor and Harvard fellow Judith Donath

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2 Responses to Griefer, Google Cooking and other Neologisms

  1. Dave December 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    Hi: re: wherehow

    I am from Canada and it seems this phrase is know on the east and west coasts, and it seems to me my father would also know of it.

  2. Linda January 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    I have searched all over the internet and even the oldest dictionaries available and I cannot find a definition for the word “wherehow”. It is not an old word as no one used it. But people are using it now , it’s all over different websites — unless it is a chain of coincidental typos. But recently I also saw it in print in a publication that doesn’t do typos. So it must be a new one. Do you know where this term originated and sort of what it means? please let my mom know at the above address. Thanks. Linda

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