Technology has shaped language, introducing new words and altering the meaning of well-known words. While many of us are aware of the differences between tablets and laptops, texting and e-mailing, websites and blogs, we may not be too familiar with more subtle linguistic changes.
To mark the occasion of its 20th birthday, Dictionary.com has compiled a list of words whose meanings have changed in the past two decades.
How many of these meanings do you recognize?
To move an online post to the top of a list by adding a new comment or post to the thread.
To prevent someone from contacting you on Twitter or other social networks.
A twitter conversation that has picked up too many user names for an actual conversation to take place.
A person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.
Parts of the Internet that allow online processing and storage of documents and data.
A very large stream of data.
A unique set of characters or actions that leaves a trace and serves as a means of identification.
To add a person to one’s lists of contacts on a social-networking site.
To subscribe to a person’s updates on social media.
Your screen name. i.e. The name you go by on the Internet.
To indicate enjoyment, interest, or agreement with content on social media.
A cultural item in the form of an image, video or phrase that is spread via the Internet.
To contact someone by sending a brief electronic message, such as a text message.
Personal details, images, and other items associated with a username or online account.
An environment in which software developers or editors can create and test new content, separate from other content in the project.
Move the fingers across a touch screen.
A general-purpose computer contained in a touch screen panel.
To link to someone else’s profile in a social media post.
To send a message.
A collection of online posts or updates associated with a specific social-media account, in reverse chronological order.
A person who starts arguments or upsets people on the Internet.
A short message posted on the Twitter website.
Refrain from using digital or electronic devices for a period of time.
Becoming very popular by circulating from person to person, often through the Internet.
New meanings (for me) – Canoe, firehose, sandbox