hilarity in vocabulary

two of my favorite random nonsensical vocabulary words:


meta-crap: this term was coined by Cory Doctorow in 2001. it’s used to describe issues with metadata (“data about data”). one of the courses i am taking this semester deals with Metadata, so the word meta-crap will most likely crop up a lot. according to Doctorow, there are 7 obstacles to achieving reliable metadata.



carmageddon: a term coined in 2011 to describe the closure of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, and the ensuing traffic nightmare it caused. it’s a fun word to say, but not so fun for anyone who has experienced it. the sequel, Carmageddon II, happened a year later.


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