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Neologisms Help Writers Express the Zeitgeist of the Time

from Elizabeth Economou, ASJA

On learning that Uber, the mobile-app-based car service, dinged her half-a-point on a previous ride, the playwright Delia Ephron, sister of the late Nora Ephron, began to obsess.

It wasn’t so much that her “passenger score” had slipped to 4.5 on a 5-point scale, but rather that she was being rated at all. In all likelihood, the small demerit will not be enough for Uber to write-off the prolific author the next time she calls on them to shuttle her from one end of Manhattan to the other. But it might urge her — and the rest of us — to be less fussy in the future. Welcome to the reputation economy, a burgeoning phenomena that has emerged from the ever-expanding sharing economy. It is also one in a steady stream of popular neologisms creeping into our daily vernacular. more

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