“Crowdsourcing,” “mouseover,” “big data,” “redirect” and “e-reader” can now be found in the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Other new terms such as “fiscal cliff”, “pay day loan” and “handyman special” also made the cut. If any of these sound unfamiliar, full definitions are below:
The practice of obtaining information or services by soliciting input from a large number of people, typically via the Internet and often without offering compensation.
The action of moving the pointer on to an element of a graphical user interface or web page; an event (esp. a visual change) triggered by this.
A hand-held electronic device used for reading e-books or other text in digital form, esp. one intended primarily for this use; (also occas.) an application designed for this purpose.
pay day loan n.
Chiefly U.S. a type of small, short-term loan at a high rate of interest, typically used by borrowers to cover expenses while awaiting their next wages.
fiscal cliff, n.
A situation in which a particular set of financial factors causes or threatens sudden and severe economic decline.
big data n.
Computing (also with capital initials) data of a very large size, typically to the extent that its manipulation and management present significant logistical challenges; (also) the branch of computing involving such data.
handyman special n.
Something, esp. a house, which is in need of repair or renovation and is therefore offered for sale at a reduced price; a ‘fixer-upper’.