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  • […] My etymologically-enterprising friends at Macmillan dictionaries have a wonderful* feature this month discussing favourite words in online English. My contribution is a short musing on the word and phenomenon, autoincorrect, in which I struggle to find an accurate and not unflattering way of describing Reading, and which you can read here: http://www.macmillandictionaryblog.com/whats-your-favourite-online-english-word. […]

  • A very interesting and enjoyable post. I’d come across a few “baller linguists”, but hadn’t worked out exactly what the term meant (and hadn’t bothered looking it up), so I’m grateful to Lynne for explaining it. I’m also glad to see blog getting some love. Over the years, I’ve seen it objected to far more than it ever seemed to deserve; maybe the tide of criticism has finally turned.

    As a follow-up to my own favourite, here’s an interesting article by Ben Zimmer at Word Routes on the art of the self-mocking hashtag.

  • LINK is my favorite online word. It takes me to anywhere in the world. As I love people and countries it makes me be connected 24/7.

  • My favourite word is ” google” as verb. Why? Because I love words born out of its own power and effectiveness. “Google” started as the trade mark for an online searcher and became so popular that people started using it as a synonym for online research. So much so, that nowadays when someone needs to look up information, people will suggest “Why don´t you google it?” or comment “Just google it”.

  • My favourite word is “COMMENT”. What I do at any site – I find comments from people who have already read an article, used this product, been at this company and etc. I think it’s the base for my first opinion and my further actions depend on that I’ve read in comments.

  • My favourite online word is ‘Apple’ and all it represents. I’m not on the payroll but you can’t deny the vision Steve Jobs had and all the products that we now use everyday because of that vision. How ironic that many of us found out about Mr. Jobs’ tragic passing on one of his and/or the company’s creations. It represents the pursuit of dreams and being relentless about adhering to what your gut tells you. I’m sure many people thought Steve Jobs was a freak and could hardly comprehend the foresight he had into what customers would use and buy. He never graduated from college. He was involved in countless revolutionary projects including helping children with special needs by creating new devices and changing the animated movie by his involvement with Pixar.
    I will never forget seeing his address to a Stanford University graduating class.
    RIP Steve Jobs.
    You will never be forgotten.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
    Shauna Rae, freelance columnist from London, Ontario, Canada
    http://www.lfpress.com

  • Like Dizraeli, I think to ping sounds fun, even if I’ve never been quite clear exactly what it means. The official definition is ‘to send a packet to a computer and wait for its return (Packet Internet Groper)’.
    None the wiser? Me neither – I never did complete that degree in computer science. But further research reveals that in practical terms to ping is to notify a website(s) that you have updated your site with new material. This is often done automatically – the excellent Posterous, for example, will update a blog and simultaneously send updates to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.
    Okay, so maybe pinging is not such an exciting way to spend an afternoon. But it beats tweeting any day. And don’t get me started about poking…

  • My favorite online word is “huggle”; even though some people condemn it as childish, that combination of “hug/snuggle” (or is it “hug/cuddle”?) expresses nonsexual affection vividly. (Many of my online contacts are real-life friends as well, or have become that way; I guess I’ve got more reason to huggle than a typical Net geek!)

  • I believe rickrolling started on youtube on April fools day about 3 or 4 years ago. Every video on their home page and every video in their recommended section redirected the viewers to the Rick Astley ‘never gonna give you up’ video and people found it funny enough that it really caught on.