Notspot – language and words in the news

Posted by on August 13, 2009

www.wordle.netNotspot is the new BuzzWord this week on Macmillan Online Dictionary.

A notspot is what afflicts you when you’re not in the right spot when you want to access the internet from your mobile phone. Don’t think you’ll be spotted on Facebook any time soon, because you will not.

Your Hotmail account may as well be Notmail if your hotspot becomes a notspot, the mobile reception you once enjoyed being blocked out by a new high-rise block of flats. You see, coverage even in cities can be spotty, or ‘notty’, and even at home, if you happen to live miles from the telephone exchange. Of course, you may not spot that when you buy the house. And if you put the estate agent on the spot about it, he or she might not even know.

But don’t get your knickers in a knot, because the UK government is spending money on supplying free broadband connectivity to a million homes, turning your not-work notspot into a network hotspot. And I think that as a plan, this is spot on!

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