Definition: Stoplights in the pavement, introduced in Germany for pedestrians who text while walking. (wired.com)

Sample usage: “I wish they’d install bompeln downtown; I have to look up from my phone now and then, and it hurts my neck.”

Popularity: It’s compiled from the German words for “ground” and “traffic signals,” and it actually sounds like someone bouncing off a car hood because they didn’t see the “DON’T WALK” sign. We have no good equivalent for the word or the devices.

 

JAMES LILEKS

 

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