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New words and terms coined in recent years,
beginning with 'C' and 'D'

  • cage sandals
    • A type of sandal with a lot of thin straps.
  • captcha
    • Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart.
      A distorted image of letters and numbers used to ensure that a response is not generated by a computer, in order to prevent spamming.
  • carjacking
    • Blend of 'car' and 'hijacking'.
      When a car driver is forced to give up his vehicle or drive to a destination designated by the attacker.
  • carnapper
    • A person who steals a car.
  • catfish
    • A person who sets up a false profile on a social networking site in order to deceive others or for fraudulent purposes.
  • chainwatch
    • Watch several consecutive episodes of a TV series in one sitting, one after another.
  • charticle
    • Blend of ‘chart’ and ‘article’.
      A news article that is composed primarily of a chart, image or graphics with just a brief text for additional information.
  • chatroom
    • Areas on the internet where people can communicate by exchanging typed messages.
  • chick lit
    • Books, usually featuring female characters, written by women on contemporary themes and issues that appeal more to women than to men.
  • chillaxing
    • Blend of 'chilling' and relaxing'.
      Taking a break from stressful activities to rest or relax.
  • citizen journalism
    • News collected and reported by ordinary people, especially through the use of blog software.
  • click and collect
    • A shopping facility which enables customers to order and pay for goods online, then collect them from a local branch of the store.
  • click bait
    • Put something on a website that will encourage visitors to click on a link.
  • clickjack/clickjacking
    • Tricking Internet users into clicking on hidden links.
  • cloud computing
    • A computing service which enables access to a shared pool of resources (servers, data storage, applications, etc.) over the Internet. Users can access and use tools or applications on a temporary basis, without having to install them on their computers.
  • cloffice
    • A closet that has been turned into a small office space.
  • coatigan
    • A long cardigan or knitted jacket which from a distance looks more like a coat. Designed as transitional wear for autumn weather before a heavier coat is necessary.
  • content farm
    • A website that publishes large amounts of low-quality content, or content copied from elsewhere, in order to attract visitors and improve its search-engine rankings.
  • couplie
    • A photograph taken of themselves by a couple (similar to 'selfie').
  •  D 

  • daycation
    • A trip or short vacation which lasts only one day. Daycationers do not stay away overnight.
  • decruitment
    • Euphemism for laying-off staff or downsizing a company.
  • demitarian
    • A person who reduces by half their consumption of meat and animal products in order to reduce the environmental impact of their diet.
  • dench
    • Extremely attractive, fashionable, impressive, etc.
  • docusoap
    • Blend of 'documentary' and 'soap'.(soap opera: sentimental TV serial)
      A 'docusoap' is a reality television programme in the style of a documentary.
  • dramedy
    • Combination of 'drama' and 'comedy'.
      A film, play or TV programme that mixes drama and comedy.
  • droolworthy
    • Something so attractive or exciting that it makes you want to have it e.g. a droolworthy dress, a droolworthy cake...
  • drug driving
    • Driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs.
  • duffin
    • A cake which is a combination of a muffin and a doughnut.
  • dwell time
    • The length of time spent on a website.

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