October 23, 2011
‘Sexting’ Dubbed Most Annoying New Piece of Techspeak
Sexting -- the term used to describe the sending and/or receiving of sexually explicit photographs or messages via smartphone -- has been voted the most irritating new phrase in a new UK poll.
According to TechNewsDaily Senior Writer Samantha Murphy, the term was voted No. 1 in a poll, conducted by market research firm YouGov for Computeractive magazine, to determine the "most annoying or horrible" new tech-related word in the dictionary.
It was presented with the magazine's "Unspeakable Award" for being "the worst new piece of technology jargon," Rob Waugh of the Daily Mail reported Friday.
More than 2,000 adults participated in the poll, with 24% of them casting their votes for sexting, Murphy said. Finishing in second place, with 13% of the votes, was "intexticated," described as the condition of being unable to concentrate while driving due to texting.
Winning third-place honors, with 8% of the vote, was "defriend," which means, "to remove someone from one´s list of friends on social networking site," Waugh said. "Twittersphere" was fourth and "Tweetup" finished fifth, added Murphy.
Computeractive's own Dinah Greek notes that Twittersphere, defined as "the collective noun for all Tweets on Twitter," earned 7% of the vote, and Tweetup finished with 6%. In sixth place was "hactivist" with 5%, followed by clickjacking -- "meaning to try to con people into revealing personal information" -- with 4%. Twitpic, dot-bomb, and scareware tied for eighth with 3% each.
Sexting was "the latest, technology-related word most likely to make you wince, grimace or want to bang your head on the keyboard," Greek said. "But it won't be the last. Every year the world of technology yields a fresh crop of hideous and often baffling new words."
"'Sexting' is a worthy winner," added Paul Allen, editor of Computeractive, in an October 19 interview with Murphy. "[It's] truly a word to make you want to bang your head on the keyboard."
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