MAKE:TNT Tools 'n' Tips

The Names of Things

by Arwen O'Reilly Griffith

Ever feel like techno-creep has got you down? Don't even know what that means? Well, check out the Word Spy and you'll at least solve the second problem, if not the first. Word Spy is a great website tracking the emergence of new words and phrases, often dealing with some aspect of techno-creep (the gradual encroachment of technology in everyday life), but sometimes just naming some new cultural phenomenon (like voluntourism, the growing trend of combining vacations with volunteer opportunities). Definitely worth checking out periodically, if only to keep up with pop culture.