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Do You Know the New Eco Lexicon from Cramer-Krasselt’s Cultural Dictionary?

Posted by Digital Citizen on Friday, June 19, 2009

Cramer-Krasselt Cultural DictionarySo you’re green and hip, but is your language green and hip? How many of the environmental terms from ad agency Cramer-Krasselt‘s Cultural Dictionary (1 MB PDF) do you know?

Whatever you don’t know, impress your eco-friends by working these terms into your language. Or see how many you could use as often as you can. And, of course, use them with style! No term is hip unless used with a little style, and it’ll only be hip if used by hip people like you!

Bootleg trail (n)
A path that has been created by its users, such as mountain bikers or ATV riders, rather than by official designers.

Carborexic (n)
A person who has an unhealthy obsession with minimizing their carbon usage. Related: Energyexia.

Carbon trading (n)
A system which provides entities with permits for how much pollution they are allowed to create. These permits can then be bought and sold amongst other entities.

Chemical equator (n)
A chemical barrier in the atmosphere which separates the polluted air of the earth’s Northern Hemisphere from that of the relatively unpolluted Southern Hemisphere.

Dinosaur wine (n)
A term to refer to oil or its derivatives.

Eco-embedded (adj)
Not relying on consumers to make eco-friendly choices, but instead removing the decision from their hands with either government or business actions. Thus, eco-consciousness is embedded in daily life.

Ecoflation (n)
The increased cost of doing business due to the rising concerns over eco-consciousness.

Ecomodding (v)
Modifying, or modding, one’s car to make it more fuel efficient.

Ecosexual (n)
One who chooses their partner based upon a shared interest in eco-conscious causes.

Edible estates (n) Coined by U.S. campaigner Fritz Haeg, it refers to the practice of digging up front lawns and replacing them with edible plants and greens.

Energyexia (n)
The strict following of a regime to reduce one’s own carbon footprint. Related: Carborexic.

Freedomlawn (n)
Residential land set aside to cultivate natural plant life that grows without cultivation, chemicals or cutting.

Gashole (n)
A negative term to refer to a gas hog…usually associated with SUV drivers.

Gas sipper (n)
This 30-year-old term referring to a car that “sips lightly” found new relevance in 2008 with the rise in gas prices.

Green audit (n)
The act of assessing a business based upon its perceived adherence to environmentally
friendly practices.

Green-collar (v)
Workers employed in environmental and sustainability related fields. Think organic farmer.

Greenprint (n)
A government’s or community’s environmental plan. Also a verb to make such a plan.

Greyjing (n)
A nickname for Beijing that refers to its polluted skies.

Nano-solar (n) Small energy-absorbing panels that can fit on everything from windows to backpacks.

Natural capitalism (n)
An economic theory which seeks to combine the new found concern with eco-friendliness with business interests in order to maximize profit while minimizing environmental impact.

Negawatts (n)
The latest word for energy efficiency, coined by Amory Lovins.

Popcorn storm (n)
A term that refers to a short, unexpected rain shower that disappears as abruptly as it appeared.

Rewilding (v)
The process of returning an area to its original and natural vegetative state.

Ruralpolitan (n)
A professional who leaves the city for a rural area, but maintains their professional life.

Scuppie (n)
Socially conscious urban professional.

SRLI (n)
The Sampled Red List Index. An index that attempts to measure the threat of extinction to the various species of life on the planet.

Upcycle (v)
To give an object a better and more upscale existence.

Witches’ knickers (n)
Plastic bags caught in trees or bushes.



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Most Popular Baby Names Fun

Posted by envirostats on Monday, December 15, 2008

The top names given to American babies for 2007 were:

#   Male – Female (includes variations)
1.   Jacob –  Emily
2.   Michael – Isabella
3.   Ethan – Emma
4.   Joshua – Ava
5.   Daniel – Madison
6.   Christopher – Sophia
7.   Anthony – Olivia
8.   William – Abigail
9.   Matthew – Hannah
10. Andrew – Elizabeth

Not much has changed in top rankings for many years. Emily has been tops for 12 years now, and only one changed in the top 10 girls’ names from 2006 (Elizabeth replaced Samantha). Emily is among my favourite girls’ names because my favourite poet is Emily Dickinson, but if “all” the girls were being named Emily, I’m not going to name mine Emily if I have any ultimate say because Google has changed the baby name game by giving at least one dis/advantage to names in searches, whether you or your namesakes show up. I tell people to Google their name at least 2-4 times a year to make sure nothing is there they should worry about.

Trends have lasted even longer than rankings. Top male names given have always been traditional Biblical names. Yawn! Top female names given were always more adventurous. Then there are cultural trends, like “black” and “white” names, or how name usage trends start from the upper class before middle and lower classes pick them up in greater numbers, and research on whether a name really gives one a dis/advantage in life, according to the demographic statistics, shown in Freakonomics! (ch 6). I was not able to find claims for 1980-90s trends of some top girls names tending to follow the rise of female porn stars (sicko!), but I have seen pretty convincing evidence before.

The analyses that can be done related to baby names can be so staggering entire websites can be devoted to it. This is where the fun begins.

The source of annual most popular baby names in America since 1880 is the US Social Security Administration. You can see how each name did in a given year, top lists to the depth level of your choosing, etc. My name, Minh, was not even in the top 1000 for the past 8 years, which doesn’t surprise me, but that’s the way (aha-aha) I like it!

What about performance through the years? Baby Name Wizard’s Voyager feature shows that. Type in a name to get a performance chart. Baby Name Wizard’s Namipedia feature gives lots of information for a name, from usage to popularity in many areas, over time, etc. Not too culturally diverse, though, as Minh had no information available.

What about the future? Baby naming about the future. Freakonomics! authors, Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, predicted these top names in 2015, based on statistical algorithms, although they were cautious to admit unpredictable influences like Katrina and Obama, the latter of which will up end these trends… all around the world, apparently!

Of course, you probably won’t care much about any of this in choosing a name for your baby because it’s too personal a process, but if you did, try some of the 379 baby name resources on amazon.com.

For Canadian readers, top Canadian baby names for 2007 were:

#   Male – Female (includes variations)
1.   Aidan – Emma
2.   Ethan – Sophia
3.   Jacob – Olivia
4.   Noah – Emily
5.   Lucas – Ava
6.   Logan – Hailey
7.   Liam – Abigail
8.   Owen – Madison
9.   Joshua – Hannah
10. Matthew – Isabella

A better source, with time and provincial breakdowns, can be found on baby2see.com.

Compare, contrast, analyze… and let the fun begin!

498 words (not including reference name lists)

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