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wordspy_rss July 29 2014, 13:06

poor door


poor door
n. A separate entrance for the lower-income residents of a mixed-income building.
Example Citations:
A Guardian investigation has discovered a growing trend in the capital’s upmarket apartment blocks — which are required to include affordable homes in order to win planning permission — for the poorer residents to be forced to use alternative access, a phenomenon being dubbed “poor doors”. Even bicycle storage spaces, rubbish disposal facilities and postal deliveries are being separated.
—Hilary Osborne , “Poor doors: the segregation of London’s inner-city flat dwellers,” The Guardian, July 25, 2014

It’s hard to imagine such a detestable ranking today. Unless, of course, you were to consider the so-called “poor door” policy in New York City. In this updated version, developers grab some tax abatements and build a more profitable, denser development than zoning would otherwise allow by agreeing to set aside some units for low-income families in deluxe, high-rise developments. But to ensure — in the Gresham sense — that bad money does not drive out good, the low-income tenants are steered to a separate entrance in the back. In some developments, “rent-regulated” tenants — who are more likely to be elderly or minorities — are required to keep their dirty mitts off the gym equipment, sky lounge furniture, and other amenities.
—Lawrence Harmon, “New York’s ‘poor door’ policy reverts to old prejudices,” The Boston Globe, July 26, 2014


Earliest Citation:
A 33-story building slated to be built on Riverside Boulevard between 61st and 62nd street will have an entirely separate entrance for people of lower socioeconomic means: a door for the poor, or as we call it, a “Poor Door.” The affordable homes will be oriented towards the back of the building, while market-rate units will have a view of the Hudson.
—“New UWS development could have separate entrance for poorer people,” West Side Rag, August 12, 2013

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Posted on July 29, 2014



dorktowerfeed July 29 2014, 05:02

Hoth or Not?





Ewok or Wookie?

Last week, while staying with my pal Steve, I couldn’t help but notice his dogs , Lambeau and Lovey - LOOK, He enjoys football, OK? - bore a striking resemblance to…let’s not mince words here…Ewoks.


Excitedly, I took a couple of snaps, and sent them to my Ewok-Crazed Daughter, Age 5.

Seriously. She’s all about the Ewoks. When we watch “Return of the Jedi,” she makes me skip through all the boring Space-Battle-Emperor-Lightningfingers-Vader-Redemption bits to get back to the Ewoks’ story ASAP. She can name at least ten different Ewoks, and will list off their tribal positions. I know one, and always forget the “W. Warrick” part of Wicket’s name, at that.

Bottom line: my daughter knows from Ewoks.

So I was expecting squees of delight.

“DAD,” she said, in a tone of voice I didn’t really expect to hear ’til the teenage years. “That’s not an Ewok. That’s a WOOKIE.”

I looked.

I looked again.

I still saw Ewok.


She still saw Wookiee.


So. Who do you think is right? Is Lambeau an Ewok, or a Wookiee?

Is Steve's dog Lambeau a Wookiee or an Ewok?

At least he’s not a Gungan.

– John

wordspy_rss July 25 2014, 14:01



n. Technology that encourages or monetizes antisocial behavior, particularly the selling of goods or services that users don’t own. Also: jerk tech.
Example Citations:
Jerktech is the very apt epithet for the class of “disruptive” startups that sell things that don’t belong to them, like parking spots and restaurant reservations, simply raising the prices of them and making access to public resources a factor of your disposable income.
—Cory Doctorow, “Jerktech: Silicon Valley’s most shameful export,” BoingBoing, July 8, 2014

Legalities and market demand aside, the app is plain ol’ mean-spirited, as a privatization of a public service. The Twitter hashtag for this sort of thing is #JerkTech.
—Adam Vaccaro, “Haystack Launch Party Draws Confused Politician, Kickball Players,” Boston.com. July 16, 2014


Earliest Citation:
They’re emblematic of a compassionless new wave of self-serving startups that exploit small businesses and public infrastructure to make a buck and aid the wealthy. Let’s call these parasites #JerkTech. It’s one thing to outcompete a big, stagnant company with new technology. It’s another to screw over the little guys just because you can sell what’s usually free.
—Josh Constine, “Stop The JerkTech,” TechCrunch, July 3, 2014



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Posted on July 25, 2014



dorktowerfeed July 24 2014, 19:44






(I seem to start off a lot of posts that way, these days. I can’t help it. There’s SO MUCH fun news!)




ZOMBICIDE Season Three is approaching the two MILLION dollar mark on Kickstarter, and they asked me to do a Special Guest Survivor pack for the game.

HOLY MOLE did I have fun drawing the Dork Tower crew as Zombie hunters!

This will be a spacial add-on pack you can purchase, as part of the Kickstarter. I’m not sure what the availability will be afterwards, so if you ever wanted a muskrat driving a Universal Carrier, now’s your chance! The Kickstarter ends in three days!

Here are the drawings they’ll be basing the  minis off of:



(And yes, I did draw Matt and Gilly together, and yes REASONS!)

I love my job!

– John

wordspy_rss July 24 2014, 13:54



n. Mental distress felt while awaiting the results of a medical test, particularly an MRI or CT scan. Also: scan-xiety. [scan + anxiety]
Example Citations:
And as traumatic as it can be, scanxiety is better than the alternative: being dead, so there’s nothing to test, and no odds to wonder about.
—Xeni Jardin, “Scanxiety, or how waiting for cancer tests makes you crazy,” BoingBoing, March 8, 2013

In mid-April, she had another cancer-free checkup with her oncologist. She will now have MRI scans to look for new tumours every year instead of every six months.

“It’s an amazing step in our healing journey, as it can be nerve wracking to go through the ‘scanxiety’ every six months,” says Teicher.
—Erin Ellis, “Mother finds unique way to share her cancer story with others,” The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), April 26, 2014


Earliest Citation:
Right now however I am wrestling with “scanxiety” (anxiety from a scan before you know the results) as I call it because I had a cat scan and a pet scan but do not know the results.
—thewisemoose, “Re: The Myth of the ‘Good’ Cancer Patient,” Lymphoma.com, January 18, 2006



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Posted on July 24, 2014



wordspy_rss July 23 2014, 13:28

canvas fingerprinting


canvas fingerprinting
n. A technique for tracking a user online that involves drawing a hidden element on the browser canvas to create a token that uniquely identifies the user’s computer.
canvas fingerprint n.
Example Citations:
First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.
—Julia Angwin, “Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block,” ProPublica, July 21, 2014

The mechanism, called “canvas fingerprinting,” uses special scripts — the coded instructions that tell your browser how to render a website — to exploit the browser’s so-called ‘canvas’, a browser functionality that can be used to draw images and render text.
—“Computer privacy: Share button may share your browsing history, too,” ScienceDaily, July 22, 2014


Earliest Citation:
It is worthwhile to note that these methods do preserve the same origin policy — if an image from a different origin has been drawn on this canvas, they will throw a SecurityError exception instead of returning pixel data. Therefore, our <canvas> fingerprints must only contain image resources that are under our control.
—Keaton Mowery and Hovav Shacham, “Pixel Perfect: Fingerprinting Canvas in HTML5“ (PDF), Proceedings of Web 2.0 Security & Privacy 2012, May 24, 2012



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Posted on July 23, 2014



wordspy_rss July 22 2014, 12:57

parasite building


parasite building
n. A small building or structure that has been added to an existing, larger building, particularly when the styles of the two structures are noticeably different. Also: parasite, parasite structure, parasite office.
Example Citations:
Small-scale densification: Alternatives such as tiny laneway houses and ‘parasite’ buildings are popping up in lieu of big-box condos.
—Tamsin McMahon, “The (literal) rise of the anti-condo,” Maclean’s (Canada), July 9, 2014

The interplay of new and old varies greatly from a totalizing wrap (Enric Miralles’s Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, blanketed by a roof of colorful tiles) to an opportunistic parasite (the glass ribbon grafted onto a fire and police station in Berlin by Sauerbruch Hutton). Even within the same category, differences emerge: One parasite-building surrounds and hides its host, while another, the 100-square-foot Rucksack House, perches lightly on the side of any host-building from which it’s slung.
—Amanda Kolson Hurley, “Past Perfect,” Architect, December 19, 2013


Earliest Citation:
Charlie Luxton wants to buck the system and solve Britain’s housing crisis. His answer? A modified shipping container fitted out as a mini-home that he tries out in different locations over the next four nights. Tonight he puts it on a rooftop, and visits other successful “parasite buildings” here and abroad.
—Steve Rose and Phelim O‘Neill, “Pick of the day,” The Guardian (London), September 4, 2004

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Posted on July 22, 2014



dorktowerfeed July 18 2014, 21:28

The Real World – DORK TOWER 18.07.14



Super Sad Fun Hour

DORK ADDENDA: I’m traveling, so I have few of my materials with me, and no access to a scanner. However, I have my iPhone’s camera, and my sketchbook. And I felt like I needed to do this cartoon – for my own sanity – in this tragic and senseless time, if nothing else. So here it is.

wordspy_rss July 18 2014, 13:08



n. A person who is excessively preoccupied by their dog’s health, or who tends to imagine ailments that the dog does not actually have. [dog + hypochondriac]
Example Citations:
Sooo... basically the vets say they can‘t see anything wrong with him, so maybe I’m just being a dogochondriac, but they do tend to miss things unless they are very obvious.
—Rayemond, “Is wheezing/ loud breathing/ snoring when at rest normal?; Or could it be a sign of heart problems?,” Dog Rescue World, January 30, 2013

If i had a dog, it would be a hypochondriac. A dogochondriac, for lack of a better word.
—alexd, “Re: Dr. Gabor Maté,” TRIBE Main Forum, April 11, 2011


Earliest Citation:
Bonar, for one, learned pet CPR in a previous American Red Cross class. “It’s similar to what you do with humans, but it is different, because a dog’s anatomy is different.”

But Bonar does not rely solely on her first-aid knowledge: “I’m a dogochondriac,” she says. “If a dog even looks sick, I take it to the vet.”
—Gary Pettus, “Learn first aid for pets,” The Clarion-Ledger, October 1, 2004

A shake of the paw to Fernando Montenegro for suggesting this word.


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Posted on July 18, 2014



wordspy_rss July 17 2014, 13:46



n. The attempt to make something that is traditionally masculine more interesting or appealing to women by associating it with stereotypically feminine traits or ideas. Also: pink-ification.
Example Citations:
Yet, examples of tech’s pinkification persist. </p>

In February, at a Harvard event designed to get women interested in computer science, sponsor Goldman Sachs handed out cosmetic mirrors and nail files.
—Kristen V. Brown, “How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink,” The San Francisco Chronicle (California), July 6, 2014


Even the market has latched on to the ‘pinkification’ of several products to make them more appealing to girls as young as six and to women in their 20s and 30s — from Barbie dolls to cellphones to laptops to accessories, just name it.
—Haimanti Mukherjee, “Why colour pink is stereotyping,” Wonder Woman, March 2, 2010


Earliest Citation:
As a chick who’s incredibly into both gaming and tech stuff, one of my biggest pet peeves EVER is the pinkification of girl stuff. Want to make me automatically hate something? Make it a shade of dusted coral.
—Elaine Chow, “Entrench Gender Norms While Breaking Them With Pink Guitar Hero Controllers,“ Gizmodo, November 7, 2008

Here’s an earlier usage that doesn’t quite fit my definition:

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<p class="ljsyndicationlink"><a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/pinkification.asp">http://www.wordspy.com/words/pinkification.asp</a></p><div class="entry-header"><b>pinkification</b></div> <div class="entry-definition"><em>n</em>. The attempt to make something that is traditionally masculine more interesting or appealing to women by associating it with stereotypically feminine traits or ideas. Also: <b>pink-ification</b>.</div> <div class="entry-heading"><b>Example Citations:</b></div> <div class="entry-citation"> Yet, examples of tech&rsquo;s <b>pinkification</b> persist. </p><p> In February, at a Harvard event designed to get women interested in computer science, sponsor Goldman Sachs handed out cosmetic mirrors and nail files.<br> &mdash;Kristen V. Brown, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/How-not-to-attract-women-to-coding-Make-tech-pink-5602104.php">How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink</a>,&rdquo; <i>The San Francisco Chronicle</i> (California), July 6, 2014 </div> </p>&nbsp;<p> <div class="entry-citation"> Even the market has latched on to the &lsquo;<b>pinkification</b>&rsquo; of several products to make them more appealing to girls as young as six and to women in their 20s and 30s &mdash; from Barbie dolls to cellphones to laptops to accessories, just name it.<br> &mdash;Haimanti Mukherjee, &ldquo;<a href="http://wonderwoman.intoday.in/story/why-colour-pink-is-stereotyping/3/86433.html?complete=2">Why colour pink is stereotyping</a>,&rdquo; <i>Wonder Woman</i>, March 2, 2010 </div> </p>&nbsp;<p> <div class="entry-heading"><b>Earliest Citation:</b></div> <div class="entry-citation"> As a chick who&rsquo;s incredibly into both gaming and tech stuff, one of my biggest pet peeves EVER is the <b>pinkification</b> of girl stuff. Want to make me automatically hate something? Make it a shade of dusted coral.<br> &mdash;Elaine Chow, &ldquo;<a href="http://gizmodo.com/5079195/entrench-gender-norms-while-breaking-them-with-pink-guitar-hero-controllers">Entrench Gender Norms While Breaking Them With Pink Guitar Hero Controllers</a>,&ldquo; <i>Gizmodo</i>, November 7, 2008 </div> </p><p> <div class="entry-heading"><b>Notes:</b></div> Here&rsquo;s an earlier usage that doesn&rsquo;t quite fit my definition: </p><p> <div style=font-family: Verdana, Arial, Geneva, Helvetica, san-serif; text-indent: 0.0in; padding: 10px; font-size: margin-top: 5px; 10pt; background-color:#eeeeee; color:#333333; border:thin solid #cccccc; class=entry-citation> Pink Ladies is a UK hired car service by women for women.... Female drivers in easily identifiable pink vehicles phone passengers upon arrival and wait until passengers are inside their destinations before driving off....My only hesitation is the stereotypical &ldquo;<b>pinkification</b>&ldquo; of the service.<br> &mdash;Peter Davidson, &ldquo;<a href="http://peterthink.blogs.com/thinking/2006/03/pink_ladies_saf.html">Pink Ladies</a>,&rdquo; <i>Thinking by Peter Davidson</i>, March 15, 2006 </div> </p><p> <a class="twitter-timeline" href="https://twitter.com/search?q=pinkification" data-widget-id="489759207067889665">Tweets about "pinkification"</a> <script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script> </p>&nbsp;<p> <div class="entry-heading"><b>Related Words:</b></div> <div class="content-list"> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/do-it-herselfer.asp">do-it-herselfer</a><br> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/femaleist.asp">femaleist</a><br> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/JaneWaynesyndrome.asp">Jane Wayne syndrome</a><br> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/Matildaeffect.asp">Matilda effect</a><br> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/momcave.asp">mom cave</a><br> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/pinkwashing.asp">pinkwashing</a><br> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/pottyparity.asp">potty parity</a><br> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/retro-sexism.asp">retro-sexism</a><br> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/womenomics.asp">womenomics</a> </div></p>&nbsp;<p> <div class="entry-heading"><b>Categories:</b></div><div class="content-list"> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/categories/marketing.asp">Marketing</a><br /> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/categories/computers-general.asp">Computers (General)</a><br /> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/categories/science-general.asp">Science (General)</a><br /> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/categories/education.asp">Education</a><br /> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/categories/men-and-women.asp">Men and Women</a><br /> <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/categories/technology-general.asp">Technology (General)</a><br /> </div> </p>&nbsp;<p><div class="entry-footer-posted-on"> Posted on July 17, 2014</p>&nbsp;<p><div class="entry-footer-posted-on">Permalink: <a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/pinkification.asp">http://www.wordspy.com/words/pinkification.asp</a> </div> </p>&nbsp;<p></div> </p><p>

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