New words – 5 May 2014

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog


ransom spamnounspam emails that introduce ransomware to your computer

Ransom spam tricks you into thinking there is a problem with your computer and wanting to charge you to unlock or fix your PC.

[ 15 November 2013]

infinity scrollnouna page on the Internet that keeps on loading more ads and links as you scroll it down, so that you never reach the end

Infinity scroll keeps looping (start over and over)

[ 20 December 2013]

power-upnouna reward in a computer game that gives the player an advantage

And that got entrepreneurs excited: if everyone’s so keen on power-ups and achievements, why not have them do something beneficial in the pursuit of those things?

[GQ (UK men’s magazine) Nov 2013]

splinternetnouna (possible future) internet that is split into many parts because of national or commercial interests, laws, restrictions, etc.

If countries proceed with…

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