Why We Say: A Twist on Past Words
Language is fluid. It can start out with one meaning and morph into another definition over time. Here’s a batch of words that have come into their own meaning through the advent of social media:
Tagging, traffic, fan, wall, hacking, search, viral, link, ping, feed, alert, tweet, are just a few. Here are a few others that have changed:
Past: a large nasty creature who hung out under bridges. Sometimes a word used with fishing.
Now: Someone who pokes around online and stirs up responses.
Past: pinkish spongy mystery meat squished into a can.
Now: Unwanted, annoying messages that arrive through email or even as texts.
Past: a chosen companion who shared common interests.
Now: a button-click indicating a degree of superficial commitment.
Past: a preference signifying a degree of indication of favor.
Now: a click response of rating that operates as a indicator of popularity.
Past: to send a written communication through the postal service
Now: a written communication sent through social media most likely as a blog (a neoplasm and a separate post).
What words have you seen come into existence or change due to the influence of social media?