I always look forward to the new tech words dictionary.com introduces each year. This year is no different. Here are some wackadoodle new words and their meanings.
astroturfing: the deceptive tactic of simulating grassroots support for a product or cause undertaken by people or organizations with an interest in shaping public opinion.
basic: characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior.
bigender: relating to a person who has two gender identities or some combination of both.
blackhat: a hacker who violates the security of a system for personal profit or for the gratification of causing damage.
brogrammer: a male computer programmer who is characterized as a bro.
cybercrime: criminal activity or a crime that involves the Internet, a computer system, or computer technology.
dark web: the portion of the Internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, uses masked IP addresses, and is accessible only with a special web browser.
dox: to publish the private personal information of (another person) without the consent of that individual.
gender-fluid: relating to a person whose gender identity or gender expression is not fixed and shifts over time or depending on the situation.
gesture: a particular movement of the fingers or hand over a screen, used to control or interact with a digital device
hyperlocal: focused on a very small geographical community, such as a neighborhood.
revenge porn: sexually suggestive images of someone, typically a former romantic partner, that are posted online without the person’s consent.
USA Today has a longer list.