| Aug 9, 2014

Pop-up

A pop-up is a temporary store that is small in size and attempts to build up interest through consumer exposure.

| May 24, 2014

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is defined as "the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people, especially from the online community."

| Mar 15, 2014

Zero-hour contract

A zero-hour contract is an employment contract used in the U.K. containing provisions that create an "on-call" arrangement between an employer and employee.

| Mar 8, 2014

Aruki-sumaho

Aruki-sumaho or, literally, "smartphone walking" refers to a pedestrian who uses a mobile phone while walking.

| Feb 22, 2014

Satori no Sedai

Satori no Sedai," or "Generation Resignation," is a term used to describe those born around the time the economy started to slide two decades ago.

| Feb 8, 2014

Frost quake

A frost quake (shimo jishin, or 霜地震) is produced when soil or groundwater that has become saturated with water after a period of heavy rainfall freezes and expands after a sharp drop in air temperature. The earth subsequently cracks, creating a loud popping sound ...

| Jan 11, 2014

What the heck is that word I keep hearing?

A polar vortex (kyokūzu/極渦) is a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near either of a planet’s geographical poles. The extreme arctic blasts that wreaked havoc across the United States last week were caused by a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. The frigid air, piled ...

| Dec 28, 2013

Sharent: シェアレント

Sharent A sharent (シェアレント) is a parent who regularly uses social media to provide a lot of detailed information about their children. Anyone who has ever used Facebook before knows exactly who we’re talking about. These parents compulsively post photos, and blog and tweet ...

| Dec 21, 2013

Brick: ブリック

A brick, or ブリック, is a mobile device that no longer works after a software update or installation. Appearing more frequently in day-to-day conversations in the United States and Europe as an increasing number of consumers switch to mobile devices, the verb brick is ...

| Nov 23, 2013

'Selfie'

A “selfie” is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Oxford Dictionaries, publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, last week named selfie as its 2013 word ...