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Virtual Words: Language from the Edge of Science and Technology

Jonathon Keats


The technological realm provides an unusually active laboratory not only for new ideas and products but also for the remarkable linguistic innovations that accompany and describe them. How else would words like qubit (a unit of quantum information), crowdsourcing (outsourcing to the masses), or in vitro meat (chicken and beef grown in an industrial vat) enter our language? In Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology, Jonathon Keats, author of Wired Magazine's monthly Jargon Watch column, investigates the interplay between words and ideas in our fast-paced tech-driven use-i ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195398540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195398540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathon Keats, author