Once upon a time, you knew where you were with certain old, familiar words. But now, there’s a whole new world of definitions out there…

1. Feed

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Was: To give a person or animal food, or to put money into a machine or meter.

Now: Place where everyone you’ve ever met posts pictures of food, pets, selfies…

 

2. Poke

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Was: Irritating pointy finger jab.

Now: Facebook feature used to send alerts to someone you might know. Who might not want to know you… so still irritating, then.

 

3. Spam

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Was: Pink, squishy meat-like substance in tins. Much loved for Sunday-afternoon sarnies by your gran.

Now: Unsolicited electronic message.

 

4. Status

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Was: Social standing in society.

Now: How people alert everyone, via Facebook, to what they’re eating, wearing, what their baby, partner, cat, dog or pet owl is doing – never mind that no-one gives a, erm, hoot.

 

5. Stumble

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Was: To trip, slip or blunder.

Now: The act of having web pages specific to your interests sent to you to in a seemingly random way. Seems like a good idea until you get yet another alert about sausage recipes. What do you mean, you don’t remember asking..?

 

6. Tablet

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Was: What the doctor ordered.

Now: Handheld personal computer operated by touch screen or digital pen. Caution – don’t EVER try to swallow one.

 

7. Tag

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Was: Game you played at break time with your pals when you were at junior school – or something you put on their birthday present.

Now: Naming names, when it comes to who’s who in a photo of an event posted online to Facebook.

 

8. Troll

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Was: Ogre-like, smelly creature that lived hidden under a bridge. Or those little 60s cuties we used to collect.

Now: Still a smelly, ogre-like creature – but lives hidden on the Internet. And definitely NEVER cute.

 

9. Tweet

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Was: What birds said…

Now: To post a short message, usually of breathtaking importance, on Twitter.

 

10. Unlike

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Was: Something that isn’t the same as…

Now: What you do when someone posts something you don’t like on Facebook.