Rockhampton infovore Tyran Stephenson checks his phone for some quick facts. Photo Contributed
Rockhampton infovore Tyran Stephenson checks his phone for some quick facts. Photo Contributed Contributed Photo ROK

Rocky infovore is hungry for knowledge - useful and not

WHENEVER Rocky pizza delivery driver Tyran Stephenson gets hungry, he quickly grabs his phone and visits www.cracked.com.

Hungry for knowledge that is.

Tyran, 19, is a self-proclaimed "infovore": Macquarie Dictionary's 2013 Word of the Year.

Infovore was among a list of new words selected to be included in the annual update of the Macquarie Dictionary online.

It is defined as a person who craves information, especially one who takes advantage of their ready access to it on digital devices.

Tyran admits he is one of those people.

He would be the dude you would need on your trivia team.

Yesterday he told The Morning Bulletin most nights before he goes to sleep, he lies in his bed and checks www.cracked.com: an information site containing fun facts.

He said he discovered on cracked.com that an elderly Russian woman killed a timber wolf with her bare hands after she had been attacked.

"If someone asks me about a specific fact, I'll Google it straight away on my phone," he said. "My dad comments on how much useless stuff I know."

The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year committee thought that the coinage infovore was a response to the perception that everyone now had constant access to information.

"For some people, knowing that whatever questions life threw at us the answer was a click or two away, and was a liberating experience."



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