As the BBC News - The future is fidgetal notes:
Technology, and the hype that surrounds it, is changing the way we speak. But we don't have to turn into drones, all spouting the latest i-word. Chris Bowlby says it's time for the techno-bullied to fight back with their own subversive speak.
With the online Oxford English Dictionary recently re-launched and on the look-out for new language, maybe it's time for a counter-revolution.
Here are some of the BBC's suggestions:
BBC News - The future is fidgetal:
High time that changed. Here, as a start, are a few of my suggestions, with definitions to try and get them into all those new dictionaries.
Other contributions are welcome.
- Fidgetal - modern technology whose primary purpose is to give people something to do with their fingers (closely related to the decline of smoking)
- MisApp - something going terribly wrong due to over reliance on latest Phone gizmo
- Wikisqueak - sound emitted by diplomat who realises she's sent confidential telegram without proper encryption
- Dreadsheet - spreadsheet containing very bad financial news
- Disgracebook - social networking site advertising user's embarrassing past
- Mobile drone - lover of interminable tedious and public phone conversations
- Sin card - alternative device to fit in mobile for immoral communication
- Powerpointless - universal feeling in room at end of hi-tech executive presentation of negligible value
- Skypeochondria - queasy feeling brought on by obsessive fear of being offline
- Scroogele - search engine for people trying to find cheapest online gifts
Otherwise, in the fidgetal future, any memory of pre-tech language will have been wiped or corrupted.