— noun • An excessively ornate and extravagant haircut.

Attention spam

— noun • Something irrelevant or inappropriate that interferes with a person’s concentration, invariably breaking their attention span. | This Web article would be more readable if it weren’t for the huge amount of attention spam surrounding it!


I encountered this neologism a couple of weeks ago, reading this article on The Design Observer. I admit I didn’t know about it, but I really like the structure and the sound of the word, that’s why I featured it here in NeoGlossary.

(Also, read that article — it’s good stuff)


Liz Danzico:

The musician Brian Eno invented a word to describe “genius” as the entirety of a scene, rather than the work of an individual:

Scenius is like genius, only embedded in a scene rather than in genes. Brian Eno suggested the word to convey the extreme creativity that groups, places or “scenes” can occasionally generate. His actual definition is: “Scenius stands for the intelligence and the intuition of a whole cultural scene. It is the communal form of the concept of the genius.”

You see:

Individuals immersed in a productive scenius will blossom and produce their best work. When buoyed by scenius, you act like genius. Your like-minded peers, and the entire environment inspire you.

The geography of scenius is nurtured by several factors:

• Mutual appreciation
• Rapid exchange of tools and techniques
• Network effects of success
• Local tolerance for the novelties

When you find this place, hold on.



— noun (colloq.) • Something in an even sorrier state than a shipwreck.