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ambit

Transhumanists seek to expand technological opportunities for people to live longer and healthier lives and to enhance their intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities. Both present technologies, such as genetic engineering, information technology, and pharmaceuticals, as well as anticipated future capabilities, such as nanotechnology, machine intelligence, uploading, “paradise-engineering”, and space colonization, are all part of the transhumanist ambit.
ambit = an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control.

scalp

MyDoom Net Worm Scores Hit, Knocks Out SCO Site: LONDON (Reuters) - The MyDoom Internet worm claimed its first scalp Sunday, paralyzing the Web site of American software firm SCO Group with a massive data blitz.
online tech news, 2003-02-01
See also: MyDoom

clamant

Each of the requisite technologies can be justified on its own as solving clamant problems of the present day Internet, and may be expected to be promoted or mandated as so doing.
The Digital Imprimatur By John Walker. At http://www.fourmilab.ch/documents/digital-imprimatur/

exculpation

One thing we could say by way of exculpation is that the American magazine industry, like American politics, is diseased by formula and a global failure of courage and creativity. And popular magazines practice a sort of least-common-denominator moronism that is common to all American mass-media, from major-label pop music to network television to, um, men's magazines. In fact, magazines such as Maxim are essentially Cosmo for men, and display no deeper set of truths. But the theme of what's wrong with men, though rich, must be left for another occasion.

kahuna

One of the benefits of being the Big Kahuna is that I get to trump everyone else in these decisions.
2001. Actual email dialogue from a Manager to her underling (me), said jokingly.
Kahuna burger
fictional burger joint from movie Pulp Fiction (1994)
Merriam-Webster defines Kahuna as Hawaiian witch doctor. Another interesting word from the above is “trump”.

ballyhoo

A year ago, Trent Edwards was winning games for Los Gatos High School, collecting awards as one of the nation's top quarterbacks and eventually making a ballyhooed commitment to Stanford.
San Jose Mercury News, 2002 nov 06
ballyhooed = to advertize or publicize noisily or blatantly.

salvo

What's up with you? Still finding orkut.com fascinating? Meeting any interesting people? Dates? Engaging in exothermic verbal salvos?
2004. from a friend.
Exothermic = Characterized by, or formed with, evolution of heat
salvo = rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms.

philistine

The first press screening at Cannes was at 8:30 a.m. That's the screening where all the real movie people attend — the critics, festival heads, distributors, exhibitors, film teachers, other directors, etc. (the evening black-tie audience is far more philistine). After the screening, the auditorium filled with booing and cheering — so equal in measure that people started booing or cheering at each other.
Roger Ebert's Movie review on Dancer in the Dark (2000) starring Björk. At Source
philistine = A person deficient in liberal culture and refinement.

hopscotch

“It looked as if a tornado touched down and hopscotched across Granby,” he told reporters.
Bulldozer rampage gunman dead Reuters. At Source
hopscotch = A child's game, in which a player, hopping on one foot, drives a stone from one compartment to another of a figure traced or scotched on the ground.

junket

politicians throw junkets
junkets = provide a feast or banquet for.

frugivorous

frugivorous animals are called frugivore; while there are herbivore, insectivore, carnivore and of course omnivore. Human animals are, of course, rather promiscuous when it comes to food. Herbs and insects are much eaten in Asia, while in modern West there's systematic birth'n'slaughter houses for meaty-animals (aka livestock). Asian tends to probe exotic food-choices. For example, they savor dog meat, rhino-hone, tiger penis, snake blood, shark fin, bear palm, monkey brain. Eating humans by humans is called cannibalism. Such practice can vary in context from survival to gourmet, both are rather hard to find and much looked down by modern educated ignoramuses.
Xah Lee.

pastiche

Ever since French semiotician Roland Barthes called professional wrestling a “spectacle of excess” in the 1950s, a small cottage industry of theorizing intellectuals has grown up around the sport. They've mined it for deeper meanings that casual fans might be missing, finding in the grandiloquent theatricality ancient dramas of Good versus Evil, morality plays exploring masculine virtues, and a postmodern pastiche of archetypes and characters drawing from cultures around the globe and across time.
britannica.com article on pro-wrestring. 2002. http://www.britannica.com/original?article_id=14429 (deceased)
pastiche = a work of art that imitates the style of some previous work.
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