Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Time for another new word

up-put

It's pronounced the way it looks.

It's a play on "output."

It lives/works/plays in the same realm as the verb "upcycle," defined thus at dictionary.com:

up·cy·cle

[uhp-sahy-kuhl]  
verb (used with object), up·cy·cled, up·cy·cling.
1.
to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better
than the original: I upcycled stained tablecloth into curtains.


Up-put is an end product of upcycling - output that is more valuable than the input from which it was produced. Up-put can be a physical product, but it can also be a process or an idea produced by synthesis, as in:

Input 1. 3d printing is one of the great technological developments of our time, opening untold possibilities for disrupting manufacturing.

Input 2. The illegal dumping of electronic waste is a major problem in Africa.

UP-PUT: Some folks in the tiny African country of Togo, are making 3-d printers from electronic waste.

Holy guacamole, that absolutely blows my socks off!! Is there no limit to what HBwB can do (a Human Being with a Brain)?

I just learned about it, and am eagerly awaiting a Wired magazine Hangout On Air to learn more.

I wrote this to spread the word about that, and in the process the word "up-put" came to mind.

What do you think - potentially useful, or just too precious?
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