New Higher Ed Words

October 29, 2014

Our friends at Times Higher Education asked their readers to nominate new words for academics that need to be in the dictionary, but aren't. Among the entries: "spinpact - the art of talking up the relevance of your results," "'shitation -- for an unfavorable citation" and "chancelling -- pocketing large sums for doing little more than proclaiming how indispensable you are."

Inside Higher Ed asked those who follow us on Twitter for their own nominations, and here are some of the good entries:

  • Provosticate -- to create an administrative post with a grandiose title and a job description nobody understands (from Andrew Robinson)
  • Commitifried -- complete cognitive exhaustion from chairing and/or attending an unmanageable number of committee meetings (from Bev Low)
  • Procrastinannotation -- when you can't start writing because there are just a few more texts you need to read first (from Mary Harrison)



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