Wimax, dongle and mashup. They might be unintelligible to technophobes, but they are just some examples of the colourful vocabulary of Europe’s fastest-growing language: Nerdic.
Some call it “geek speak”, others use the term “nerdic”. Indeed, Pixmania, one of Europe’s largest electronic internet retailers, said on Friday that nerdic is Europe’s “fastest growing dialect”. It claims 100s of new words were added to the nerdic vocabulary in the past 12 months—more than three times the number the Oxford English Dictionary added to the English language. Researchers reckon it might be the next Esperanto.