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    By: Jonathon Keats

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    "Advancing rapidly, generating new words in tandem with new ideas, technology provides an unusually active laboratory for the study of linguistic innovation, churning out terms like "unparticles," "cybrid," "dirt style," "ludology," and "femtocell." VIRTUAL WORDS puts a sampling of this terminology into perspective. Organized into sections like Science, Technology, Euphemism, and Polemic, Signal to Noise consists of short essays, covering about 100 words. Some words, such as "meat puppet" and "w00t," have already found their niche, while others, such as "collabulary" and "hedonomics," are past obsolete. Others still, such as "neuroethics" and "exopolitics," remain of less certain fate. Each word provides an occasion for considering the language of technology from a different perspective: how words get coined, what relationship they have to their subject matter, and why they succeed or fail. Together these short essays offer not only a survey of invention and its consequences, but also an ample stock of novel language caught in action. VIRTUAL WORDS will appeal to general readers interested in the interplay between words and ideas in our fast-paced, tech-driven, use-it-or-lose-it society"--

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