Linguistic Choices

In developing the ontology for my thesis, I have assembled the following terms and their definitions. The first category proposes three terms that I have created in recent years as a combination of two similar words that amplify each other. 


Hopefearly, verb: a turbulent but neutral anticipation that spans the gamut from hope to fear (Hope + Fear)

Massufacture, verb: the global scaled production of large quantities of standardized products frequently utilizing assembly line technology with high efficiency (Mass Production + Manufacturing)

Tremmense, adjective: transcending ordinary means of measurement; Tremmensely, adjective (Tremendous + Immense)


Consumerism, noun, a preoccupation with and an inclination towards the buying of consumer goods and services; the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically desirable a materialistic belief that the more materials acquired the better, implying an increased value placed on material possessions

Consumer, noun: one that utilizes economic goods or services.

Consequence, noun: a conclusion derived through logic; something produced by a cause following a set of conditions; the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier; the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning

Conservation, noun: a careful preservation and protection of something in order to prevent depletion; planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect

Conserve, verb: to prevent injury, decay, waste, or loss of; to keep safe

Disposable, adjective: intended or capable of being used once or only a limited number of times and then thrown away

Disposable income, noun: income remaining after deduction of taxes and other essential or mandatory charges such as food and housing, available to be spent or saved as one wishes

Hack, verb: manage; to exploit something in a way it was not intended by the original design to either customize it for a particular purpose or gain some other benefit; a creative but low tech way of modifying, altering, or composing

Hack, noun: a strategy or technique for managing one’s time, activities, or resources more efficiently; an appropriate application of ingenuity; cleaver accessing a result

Impact, noun: influence; effect

Material, noun: the substance of which a thing is made or composed; relating to, derived from, or consisting of physical matter

Metrics, noun: a standard for measuring or evaluating something, especially one that uses figures or statistics

Mod / Modify, verb: make partial or minor changes to (something), typically to improve upon, transform, or evolve the development; to make basic or fundamental changes to give a new orientation to or to serve a new end; to undergo a transformation but only slightly as opposed to a complete overhaul or makeover

Net Positive, verb: a way of doing business which put back more into society, the environment, and the global economy than it takes out; looks at all the positive and negative factors in the final or overall outcome where key material areas are ecological, robust environmentally restorative and socially inclusive methods are applied.

Quantification, noun: (logic) the attachment of signs of quantity to the predicate or subject of a proposition; the expression or measurement of the quantity of something

Quantify, verb: to determine, indicate, or express the quality of; an exact or specific amount or measure

Reclaim, verb: to recall, rescue, or obtain from improper conduct; regain possession of; to restore to a previous natural state; to recover (substances) 

Recycle, verb: return to a previous stage in a cycling process; use again; to pass again through a series of changes or treatments; to process in order to recover, regain, reinvest; to bring back; to adapt to a new use

Resource, noun: a source of supply, support, or aid, especially one that can be readily drawn upon when needed or accessed; a natural source of wealth  

Single-use, adjective: designed or intentionally made for one specific goal or objective; to be used once and then disposed of or destroyed

Subtle, adjective: fine, difficult to perceive or understand; requiring acuteness or discernment to perceive or notice 

Sustainable, adjective: able to be maintained, as an action or process; able to be confirmed or upheld; endure without giving way or yielding; to bear a burden, charge, loss, or injury

Tangible, adjective: capable of being precisely identified or realized by the mind, definite; not vague or elusive

Transparent, adjective:  easy to perceive or detect. undisguised, clear, unmistakable, evident