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Tips The Internet Has Given New Meaning to Old Words

The Internet has changed many things, including how we use certain words. Take a look at a few examples:

Feed You still can use feed to mean giving someone food or the food itself. But these days, it often means your social media news feed, as in, “My Facebook feed is filled with pics of vacations, babies, and engagement rings.”

Link — This word emerged in English in the 15th century, and was used early on to describe loops forming a chain. Now link also refers to a hyperlink (often text or images) that when clicked, bring you to another location on the web.

Poke You probably grew up using this word in sentences such as, “I just poked myself in the eye.” Now poke can also refer to the Facebook feature used to send virtual pushes, prods, or jabs to someone in your social circle.

Status — It used to be that status meant a social standing in society, perhaps represented by your home, car, or profession. When people are talking about status today, however, it often means the status they posted on Facebook about what’s going on in their life that day.

Tag — Remember the neighborhood game you played as a kid? It’s still around, but you’ll hear the word used more often these days with a different meaning. Tag is a term for naming names, when it comes to who’s who in a photograph posted on Facebook, so the photo appears on the tagged person’s Facebook wall as well.

Troll Years ago, this word would conjure up images of the ugly creatures with long hair featured in Scandinavian folklore. But in today’s Internet slang, a troll is a person who posts deliberately antagonizing comments online.