It’s actually more a phrase… Jump the shark – a colloquialism meaning that something (such as a television show or company) has reached its peak and is on its way down/is declining in culture. This phrase originated during an episode of Happy Days when Fonzie makes a water-ski jump over a shark. This was completely against the character and out of tone for the show.

Fuckwittage – as used in the book Bridget Jones’s Diary, and elsewhere, can be used to refer to an emotionally manipulative person within one or more concurrent relationships, and is typically associated to a womanizing or commitment-wary male.

Emotional manipulation – controlling an interaction or series of interactions, subtly, leading into a desired outcome or result to benefit the instigator in some way. Typically associated with self-esteem issues on both sides of the interaction (codependency/weakness, narcisim/abusive personality.  Also see, Jude Law’s character in Closer, or Hugh Grant’s character in Bridget Jones’s Diary.



Pointlessware – Also known as those annoying add-ons that innocuous-seeming software you’ve grown to love and use on a daily basis mischieviously installs all over your computer.

CRAP (Configurations Rarely Applied by People) – as viewed on the Blogoscoped blog.

Clicktrail – which is your click-through browser history as you surf the web, as viewed on this Lifehacker blog entry.

greige – as in that ugly, organic textile color that’s a cross between gray and beige, that pure organic textiles often tend to have (particularly reusable, cloth shopping bags).

Hypermiling – as in the combined set of activities and methods used to improve car gas mileage due to the increase in gasoline prices

Bluejacking – a prank played in a public area, where the victim is a person with an active bluetooth-enabled device.

Macy Field’s – as in referring to a Macy’s (previously Marshall Fields) in downtown Chicago, per a blog entry on Chicagoist…about, all things, a hamburger.

schadenfreude – taking pleasure from another’s unfortunate situation or circumstances

natch – short for naturally as in: I obediently lined up outside my local Starbucks this morning, natch.

attention black hole – as in something online…a blog, your blog, twitter, facebook, myspace, a new website, an article, google reader rss feeds, etc… that will sap the time right out of your day, particularly when there’s a deadline or project that’s waiting impatiently, quickly drumming its imaginary fingers while glaring, for your attention to refocus on it. Via Wil Wheaton’s (yes of Star Trek The Next Generation fame) Twitter timeline…of all places.

Heuristic – leads to learning, discovery, and problem-solving. Think this word’s a good descriptor for me. hm.



YAMMER – Yet Another Method of Molesting Everyone Relentlessly

Synchronicity – The concept does not question, or compete with, the notion of causality. Instead, it maintains that just as events may be grouped by cause, they may also be grouped by their meaning. Since meaning is a complex mental construction, subject to conscious and subconscious influence, not every correlation in the grouping of events by meaning needs to have an explanation in terms of cause and effect.

Apophenia – the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. The term was coined in 1958 by Klaus Conrad, who defined it as the “unmotivated seeing of connections” accompanied by a “specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness.” Just as a side note, though I’ve experienced some uncanny coincidences, and still do, I’ve decided to blow those off more. Keep your fingers crossed ^_^


One response to “Vocabulary

  1. Have a nice day and a hard work.

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