The Oxford English Dictionary has done well to avoid many of the new words that litter our vocabulary these days, but as our language is ever evolving and changing, so as the terms that need to be recorded for future generations. Of course even I will admit that some of these words would do well to be left out of the history books, but people were likely saying the same thing a hundred years ago about words we commonly use today.
Oxford Dictionaries has announced that you will now be able to find words like audible sigh, side boob, baller, hate-watch, adorbs, amazeballs, mansplain, humblebrag, douchbaggery, clickbait and more in their online records. Not only that but a few acronyms have been added, handy for all those times you can’t recall what YOLO, ICYMI and WDYT stand for, right?
Lets be honest though, even if it is only ironically, most of you have likely used one or more of these words in conversation at some point in the last couple of years, am I right? Or should that be ammarite?! I can’t keep up with the evolving language sometimes.
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A team of researchers at the University of Oxford claim that our physical behaviour could be use as a secure way of logging into our computers and smartphones.
The researchers are said to have identified that every person creates a unique pattern of physical behaviour, including the speed at which they type, the way they move a mouse or the way they hold a smartphone. They say that around 500 different behaviours are unique to every individual and form a so-called ‘eDNA’, or electronically Defined Natural Attributes. It is said that changes in the string of physical behaviour could indicate when an individual has taken drugs, had sex, or even if they might be susceptible to a heart attack in the near future.
“Electronic DNA allows us to see vastly more information about you,” says Adrian Neal, the man who made the technology, a former MSc student at the university and actual chief executive of Oxford BioChronometrics. “Like DNA it is almost impossible to fake, as it is very hard to go online and not be yourself. It is as huge a jump in the amount of information that could be gathered about an individual as the jump from fingerprints to DNA. It is that order of magnitude.”
eDNA is said to eventually make its way to the commercial market and would allow individuals to log into any computer or mobile device. David Scheckel, president of Oxford BioChronometrics, says that eDNA could even differentiate if a click on an advertisement has been performed by a bot or a real human being. Their own research suggests that around 92% of advertisement clicks and 95% of logins are actually from bots.