byod info

  Initialism. BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device,” a policy in which offices or schools allow their employees or students to bring and use their own personal devices such as laptops, cellphones, and tablets to work on rather than using school- or workplace-owned computers ( Etymology: BYOD is an initialism for “Bring Your Own Device”. The […]

Confusion Corner

confusion corner

Neotwampism. n. The intersection of Duke of Gloucester St, N. Boundary St., S. Boundary St., Jamestown Rd, and Richmond Rd; also the location where the William & Mary campus meets Colonial Williamsburg. Etymology: Confusion: Confusion was a loan word from Old French, in which “confusion” meant “disorder or shame.” The French word came from the Latin […]



Neologism. n. A large touchscreen cell phone that seems to be a cross between a phone and a tablet. Etymology: Blend of “phone” and “tablet”. “Phone” is a clipping of “telephone” which dates back to the 1880s. “Telephone” comes from the French word “téléphone”, which was formed by combining “télé,” which means “far,” and “phone,” […]



Pham Jargon: n. A family or group of related bacteriophages, which are viruses that attack bacteria. Etymology: Several word-formation processes occurred to create the word “pham”. First, “phage” arose as a clipping of “bacteriophage,” then “phage” was blended with “family” to create “phamily,” and finally “phamily” was clipped to form “pham.” Though the word “bacteriophage” […]



Neosense Word: adj. Rapidly growing in popularity, especially on the internet. General denotation: adj. Of, relating to, or caused by a virus, an infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of living hosts. Etymology: virus (Latin virus, “poison, sap of plants, slimy liquid, a potent juice,”) + -al (Middle English -al, “of, like, related to, pertaining to”). The […]