By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
I love technology and all things word related. After a brief run in with Picayune’s own version of “Big Bang Theory” character Sheldon, Super Dave, I knew that this week’s Vocability column would focus on alpha-geeks and words they use.
Cyberspeak, jargon, net-lingo or hack speak has infiltrated our everyday language and meanings for common words we use such as “cookies,” “virus” and “spam.” It has also modified other common words we use such as “mouse potato” and “winnage/lossage.”
Geeks appear to be the new eliteist group, although “elite” by their definition connotes pirated or stolen. They appear to be having the last laugh on those they consider a “big lose.”
Peruse the following words and their meanings to see if you can match them. Don’t pull a “bit flip” and go “nonlinear” if you can’t. The answers are always at the end of the column ;) .
1. Angry fruit salad
2. Mouse potato
3. Low-hanging fruit
7. Wave a dead chicken
9. Global Fix
14. Elvis year
A. Members of Windows XP community.
B. A type of shareware that frequently disrupts normal program operation to display requests for payment to the author in return for the ability to disable the request messages. (Also called nagware) The requests generally require user action to acknowledge the message before normal operation is resumed and are often tied to the most frequently used features of the software.
C. You've gone through motions to satisfy onlookers (suits?), even when you're sure it's all futile.
D. someone who judges people by the domain of their e-mail addresses; esp. someone who dismisses anyone who posts from a public internet provider, such as aol.com
E. A bad visual-interface design that uses too many colors. Too often one sees similar effects from interface designers using color window systems such as X; there is a tendency to create displays that are flashy and attention-getting but uncomfortable for long-term use.
F. The quality of winning.
G. The simplest, most readily solvable issues or objectives.
H. Peak year in something’s popularity.
I. A programmatic trick to correct all instances of a recurring error.
J. Generally, and rather peculiarly, used in tandem with the verb "to get," as in meaning to examine the fine details; to drill down.
K. Person who actively uses Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.
L. A group discussion devoted to the assignment of blame through identifying a scapegoat.
M. Conducting Internet searches for one's own name.
N. Documents made of paper instead of electronic documents.
O. To put a stop to something quickly and permanently, often with prejudice.
P. The situation when either a loss is corrected or something is winning.
Q. Like a couch potato, but instead of watching television all day this person sits on the computer all day.
R. Irrationally angry
S. Windows XP community where people share their desktop enhancement experiences.
Definitions can be found at:
1.E; 2.Q; 3.G; 4.D; 5.A; 6.F; 7.C; 8.N; 9.I; 10.O; 11.R; 12.L; 13.M; 14.H; 15.J; 16.P; 17.B; 18.K; 19.S.