ICYMI (abbrev.): in case you missed it
The Oxford Dictionary added a lot of new words, including ICYMI, to its online database this summer. Other new words–clickbait, live-tweet, hyper-connected, and tech-savvy–fascinated me, too, because of their connection to information technology. Katy Steinmetz shared their definitions and many more words in the online Time magazine in August. In case you’re wondering:
clickbait (n.): (on the Internet) content whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.
live-tweet (v.): post comments about (an event) on Twitter while the event is taking place.
hyper-connected (adj.): characterized by the widespread or habitual use of devices that have Internet connectivity.
tech-savvy (n.): well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology.
These words are part of the onrush of new-everything related to the internet and web. And it’s more than a torrent of words that we are trying to keep up with. In the foreword to Jim Boulton’s 100 Ideas that Changed the Web, he recognizes the enormity of the changes that we are struggling to comprehend and grow with in order to “work, play, shop, socialize, and otherwise participate in society” as enabled by the internet and web. Read more