The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Facebook

Monday, 24th November 2014

On, prep.

Pronunciation: /ɒn/
Etymology: Cognate with Old Saxon an < the same Indo-European base as ancient Greek ἀνά on.

colloq. (orig. but no longer chiefly U.S.)

1. Addicted to or under the influence of (a drug or drugs). In phr. on drugs: taking drugs regularly or habitually, esp. for their stimulant or narcotic effects.
2. Hence, by extension, addicted to or under the influence of (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). In phrs. on Twitter, on Facebook, etc.: using those social media regularly or habitually, esp. for their procrastinative or idleful effects.

Tuesday, 11th November 2014

Frape, n.

Pronunciation: /freɪp/
Etymology: < Old French frap of same meaning, < fraper

A crowd, a mob, the rabble; tumult, disturbance. rare after 18th cent., until revived in the early 21st with respect to the social network Facebook.

Sunday, 22nd June 2014

Alexander Graham Bell filed his patent application for an ‘electric-speaking telephone’ in 1876; the first email system appeared in 1965; SMS entered the language in 1991; Facebook was founded in 2004.

One trend in telecommunications seems to be that with each new innovation it becomes easier to ignore the person who’s trying to make contact. Even now, if you urgently need to speak to someone, you go back to the dog and bone: ahoy hoy.

Saturday, 1st March 2014

Tickety-boo, adj.

Pronunciation: /ˌtɪkətɪˈbuː/
Etymology: Obscure, perhaps < Hindi ṭhīk hai all right.

What you naively believe things will be if you keep agreeing to websites’ terms and conditions.

Saturday, 11th January 2014

Unperson, v.

Pronunciation: /ʌnˈpəːsn/
Etymology: after unperson n., George Orwell’s phrase for a person who is deemed not to have existed. In extended use, a person of no political or social importance.

trans. to make into an unperson; spec. to unfriend on Facebook, unfollow on Twitter, or otherwise excommunicate via social media (usu. in pa. pple.).

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