Phablet and other new words

Here is another selection of new words I found on the Wordspy website:


A person who shares too much online, particularly personal information


The fear of missing out on something interesting or fun, particularly when it leads to obsessive socializing or social networking.


A tag, such as a barcode, assigned to an object that, when scanned with a smartphone or reader, displays online data about the object.

hashtag activism

Activism that uses a Twitter hashtag to promote a project or cause, particularly when it requires no other action from people.

peak people

A time when the world’s population reaches a maximum, after which it steadily declines due to reduced birth rates or global shortages of energy, food, and water.


A device that combines the features of a smartphone and a tablet computer. [Phone + tablet.]

phantom vibration

The perception of a cell phone’s vibration in the absence of an incoming call or text message.

showroom (verb)

To use a retail store to view and research a product and then purchase the product for less money online.

shtick lit

A writing genre in which the author undertakes an odd or stuntlike project with the intention of writing about the experience.

tweet seats

A section in a theater set aside for people who want to tweet during a performance


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