Saturday, March 07, 2009

New words

I'm burried in writing my quals this semester and so not very communicative but I came across a couple of new words in my reading today so I thought I'd share them:

de no·vo
Pronunciation: \di-ˈnō-(ˌ)vō, dā-, dē-\
Function: adverb or adjective
Etymology: Latin
Date: 1536
: over again : anew a case tried de novo

As in "Over time, say later this century, we should expect many new kinds of electronic forums to support scientific communication. It is not hard to find de novo creations today, such as pure e-journals or shared disciplinary compendia,
such as ISWORLD (see above) and GDB."

Pronunciation: \i-ˈlīd\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): elid·ed; elid·ing
Etymology: Latin elidere to strike out, from e- + laedere to injure by striking
Date: 1796
1 a: to suppress or alter (as a vowel or syllable) by elision b: to strike out (as a written word)2 a: to leave out of consideration : omit b: curtail , abridge

As in "What we have critiqued in this article is the information processing theorizing about electronic publishing and scholarly communication that dominates both popular and academic discourse about the subject—theorizing that elides and homogenizes field differences."

Definitions courtesy of Merriam-Webster Online and quotations from Kling, R., & McKim, G. (2000). Not Just a Matter of Time: Field Differences and the Shaping of Electronic Media in Supporting Scientific Communication. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 51(14), 1306-1320.

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