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25 Dictionary Words That Originated From The Internet

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The largest and most trusted free online dictionary for learners of English , popularly known as  the Oxford Dictionary Online (ODO) has been making headlines for accepting words that are widely used on the global system of  interconnected computer networks popularly known as Internet as part of the English vocabulary, thereby officiating these words into the language. Just yesterday The Oxford English Dictionary added  another internet slang  to the   dictionary.

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Some of these “new words” can only be used within the context of or only on the Internet, while other existing words are now getting a new identity that carry alternate meanings, and hence, uses. The rising use of acronyms and abbreviations have also changed the way we use English.

Today, we are going to look at 25 of these new slang that are added to the dictionary from 2006 till date.

1. Selfie (2013)

selfie: according to oxford dictionary it is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website

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Origins: Self-portrait photography has existed for more than a century(21), but the popularity of selfies has only surged in recent years,for example you using a smartphone to take a photograph of yourself easily then upload and share such photographs on your various social media websites.

MUST READ :10 Types of Selfies You Should Stop Taking

2. OMG (2011)

 

OMG: (exclamation) used to express surprise, excitement, disbelief, etc. (verb)

25 Dictionary Words That Originated From The Internet  Origins: Short for “Oh my god” / “Oh my goodness” / “Oh my gosh”, the popular abbreviation “OMG” was recorded in history in a letter of correspondence from ex-admiral John Fisher to former UK Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, back in 1917. Today, it is used heavily when expressing surprise, along with a handful of variations: omfg, zomg, and a lisp version ehmargerd.

3. al desko.(2015)’

al desko (adjective) : One definition centers on workers who toil at their desks, and grab a bite while others go out to lunch or eating at the desk.

25 Dictionary Words That Originated From The Internet

origin : It’s sort of an ironic play on the phrase to eat ‘al fresco,’ for eating outdoors.

4. Derp (2013)

derp: (exclamation) according to oxford dictionary used as a substitute for speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action. for example : Not much point boycotting the company anymore if the reason for boycotting has gone away…derp.

25 Dictionary Words That Originated From The Internet

Origins: The word “derp” was first uttered by South Park co-creator, Matt Stone who starred as himself in the comedy film, BASEketball in 1998. The South Park episode “The Succubus” also featured a character, Mr. Derp who goes around shouting “Derp!” every time he makes a fool of himself.

Nowadays , Derp is often used as placeholder for a character or an act (derping) that is not crucial to the story-telling, primarily in rage comics. Derp has plenty of facial expressions to depict the state of emotion the character has. Derp has a female counterpart named Derpina.

5. Unlike (2013)

unlike: (verb) according to oxford dictionary withdraw one”s liking or approval of (a web page or posting on a social media website that one has previously liked)
this is commonly used by everybody . for example : he sounded irritable, which was unlike him

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Origins: The “like” button in Facebook has created a new meaning to the already existing word “unlike”. The button is already available on other social networking sites, Internet forums and websites, even before Facebook incorporated it, but there”s no doubt that Facebook was the one that promoted the feature to the world – so much so that most people who use the Internet now know what it means to “unlike” something which they had “like”d before.

6. Srsly (2013)

srsly: (adverb) short for seriously
example: as submodifier: it is a srsly cool bike

Origins: Due to the 160-char limitation imposed on text messages, and the 140-char limit imposed on microblogging sites, “seriously” had its vowels removed, giving us “srsly”. Today, despite the removal of such limitations with instant messaging services like WhatsApp and WeChat, the word still stuck because there were fewer letters to type out. Fun fact: it existed in the late 18th century in some manual on shorthand writing!

7. Tweet (2013)

Tweet: (noun) a posting or an update made on a popular social media website Twitter .

Origins: The Oxford English Dictionary officially included the “tweet” in June, bypassing their requirement for new words (and meanings) to be in use for a minimum of 10 years before they can even enter the dictionary. Still, the incredible fifty-fold jump of the usage of the word “tweet” from 2006 to 2012 seems to justify breaking that rule, no?

8. TL;DR (2013)

tl;dr: (acronym) short for “Too long; Didn’t read”

Origins: As with all things on the Internet, it is a sin to ramble on and on and on as the attention span of its users are fleeting at best. “tl; dr” is commonly used in online discussion forums to indicate that the post is just too wordy. True to its word, or letters, the phrase “too long; didn’t read” itself is shortened to a mere four letters.

9. FOMO (2013)

FOMO: (noun) anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website

Origins: Nobody seems to know who first mouthed this acronym, but there’s no denying that the fear of missing out has been around even before online social networking was here – we simply called it “keeping up with the Joneses”.

10. GIF (2012)

GIF: (verb) a lossless format for image files that supports both animated and static images

Origins: Word of the year for 2012, GIF, which stands for Graphics Interchange Format, showcases animated images that go round in loops. GIF was created by Steve Wilhite at CompuServe in 1987 but it was only recently, and after years of debate, that the creator confirmed the pronunciation as “jif”.

11. Photobomb (2012)

photobomb: (verb) spoil a photograph of (a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera’s field of view as the picture is taken, typically as a prank or practical joke (Source)

Origins: Photobombing had its roots back when The Beatles were the biggest thing on the planet (circa 1970s). However, when photography did the transition from analog to digital, coupled with the proliferation of uploaded photos to photo-sharing sites online, photobombing has since become a tradition.

12. woot (2012)

woot: (exclamation) (especially in electronic communication) used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph (Source)

Origins: Normally spelled w00t, with two zeros, the exclamation is popular in forums and among gamers. There are many theories related to its origin, but none can lay claim to be the true original. Find out what the prevalent theories are in a relatively serious attemp to identify its roots, here.

13. Inbox (2012)

inbox: (verb) send a private message or an email to (someone, typically another member of a social networking website or Internet message board)(Source)

Origins: If you think that inbox existed back when emails were ganing popularity, you would be half right. Back then, however, it was more of a noun than a verb. As of 2012 though, the word can also be referred to as a verb as well. “Inbox me” is essentially a “send me a private message” request, althougth we now have an even shorter version for that: PM.

14. Sext (2011)

sext: (verb) send (someone) sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone (Source)

Origins: A combination of the word “sex” and “texting”, the idea of sending lewd messages or photos via mobile phones took flight when MMS overtook SMS as the way to communicate through mobile.

15. Twerk (2013)

twerk: according to oxford dictonary , dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance. for example : just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song

Origins: Twerk could had been adapted from the word “work” (“werk”), since dancers are often told to “work it”. The extra “t” at the front could have been added to mean twist or twitch.

16. LOL (2011)

LOL: according to oxford dictionary laughing out loud; laugh out loud (used chiefly in electronic communication to draw attention to a joke or amusing statement, or to express amusement) (abbreviation). it also mean lot of love.

Origins: Heavily used during the early years of the Internet (early 1990s), LOL compensated for the ambiguity of textual communication. Used in a fashion familiar to emoticons, now it has inserted itself into daily conversations via text in emails, chat groups, text messaging and social networking sites.

17. Noob (2009)

noob: (noun) a person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet (Source)

Origins: Normally spelled as “n00b” with two zeros, the word came from “newb” or “newbie” which refers to someone who is just starting out in the use of the Net. Fun fact, it almost became the millionth word of he English language in 2009, a title that went to “Web 2.0” instead.

18. Hashtag (2009)

hashtag: (noun)according to oxford dictionary a word or phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media sites such as Twitter , facebook and instagram to identify messages on a specific topic

Origins: Although the hashtag is not invented online, it has certainly been redefined for use, online. Many sources have pointed to open-source advocate Chris Messina (aka “FactoryJoe”) who started the ball rolling by suggesting the use of hashtag in a simple tweet.

19. Unfriend (2009)

unfriend: (verb) remove (someone) from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking website (Source)

Origins: Like the word “unlike”, “unfriend” is the opposite of “friend”-ing someone, where you’d add someone to your list of contacts or social network friends. Unlike the word “unlike” however, “unfriend” was crowned word of the year back in 2009, the year Facebook was expanding exponentially.

20. Troll (2006)

troll: (verb) make a deliberately offensive or provocative online posting with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them (Source)

Origins: Trolls were used to describe ugly dwarfs or giants back in the 1600s, but in modern English describes a method of fishing where one carefully drags a fishing line with a baited hook through the water to lure his catch. In many ways, this is similar to how some people online provoke or aggravate others via offensive or irrelevant postings, in an attempt to evoke an emotional response. Ever since, the word “troll” is used to describe the act of trying to wreak havoc in online discussions.

21. Phablet (2013)

phablet(Noun) : According to oxford dictionary a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer. for example a 3.5 inch screen is inadequate in a market that is trending towards phablets

Generation HELPLESS: Children are now better at using smartphones than swimming, tying their shoelaces and even telling the time

Origins: A phablet refers to something between a phone and a tablet, characterised by the screen size of between 5 and 7 inches (See Samsung Galaxy Note). Although the first phone-tablet hybrid is arguably the AT&T EO 440 from 1993, the term “phablet” was only introduced in the 2010s.

 

22. SILVERTAIL

Australian for “person who is socially prominent or displays social aspirations.”

 

23. TIKI-TAKA

Term for a style of soccer play “involving highly accurate short passing and an emphasis on retaining possession of the ball.”this is commonly used by the spanish football giant Fc Barcelona

24. TOMOZ

“Tomorrow,” which has way too many syllables, obvs.

CONCLUSION

The rising use of acronyms and abbreviations have also changed the way we use English. let expect more  internet slang in the dictionary very soon.In case  you have any other slang apart from those  listed above, feel free to let us know , by using our comment box below.

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10 Prestigious Masters Scholarships For Africans That Accept Second Class (2/2) Or Third Class Yearly

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If you are among a long list of students who have been wondering why there aren’t any scholarships for students with a degree in lower second class or Third class, keep reading.

Many of these scholarships are often sponsored by organisations or large families in conjunction with the granting universities. Those that offer them usually consider them an investment rather than a gift. It’s no wonder scholarships have very taut strings attached.

Some of the conditions for awarding these scholarships may include some or all of these:

  1. Academic merit
  2. Employment potential (absorbing student into the donor organisation after studies)
  3. Expectation of maintaining a certain grade point average
  4. Suitable career goal
  5. School or Organisation representation in activities
  6. Community/Region affiliation
  7. Leadership potential

Although finding scholarships that don’t take into account the academic merit of a student requires a lot of effort, it is possible to get scholarships with other considerations. Hence, here are 1o Masters degree scholarships offered annually to students with Lower Second Class or Third class. These scholarships are renewed every year. These scholarships are renewed every year. Therefore if the deadlines are passed, they will be updated in due time. If not, apply soon.

1. Australia Awards Scholarships for 1,000 African Students – with at least 3rd Class
Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa, provide access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries.




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With jiji.ng , You are Safe from Being Scammed Online.

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Scam is what most internet geek refer to as a fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt obtain money or something else of value..

One of the problem facing Nigeria’s business world is the ever growing persistence of people who perform scam activities.

Scammers as they are fondly called, operate every where, either online or offline. A famous principal Researcher at Microsoft , Cormac Herley says in one of his article titled “Nigerians Try To Stop Nigerian Internet Scammers” that Nigerian Scam‘ is now one of the suggested auto-completes in a Google search for Nigeria. This indicates the high occurence of the fradulent activity and people’s unending desire to avoid being scammed.

Dating site, Forum sites and large marketplaces in Nigeria give room for scammers, because they confuse people with amazingly cheap things.

Often times, people who have been scammed in one way or the other discourage other from trading in such business platform based on their experience

There is a general notion that all Nigerian free online classifieds Ads website are scam full. JiJi.ng, is unfortunately, not an exception.

Some people try to use JiJi with their selfish illegal purposes just because it serves as an arena that provides buyers and sellers the avenue to meet and exchange goods and services.

Since inception, there have been controversies whether or not one can be scammed JiJi.

Just last week I received a mail from of my readers asking How true or scam free is jiji.ng.

However, The management of Jiji has declared its zero tolerance for scammers on it’s website.

In a press release available at our disposal, Jiji clearly addressed the issue of scam and how it solved the problem.

Read Details Below…
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What we do with scammers?

Jiji.ng wants their users be safe. And, if it detects fraudsters on the site, they will be removed forever.

Our uniqueness is in our method of fighting scammers. We always try to ensure that only honest, real people are buying and selling on our site, and we help them to do this more comfortably. So we decided to show you how our “fighting” works from a technical point of view, and “acquaint” you with most of the known internet scammers in Nigeria. You should know them by sight and beware.

In addition, we hope scammers will understand that their conduct is unacceptable and stop their nefarious activities.

How do we find serious fraud on JiJi?

Every Jiji user can complain about suspicious, scam ads. You should just push the button “Something wrong?” and then choose the reason for your suspicion (for example, it is illegal; seller asked for prepayment; it is spam).

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JiJi.ng has an important step of blocking ads – user’s verification. Only real people, who have already been registered on the site and approved their e-mail, may apply for the blocking advertisement.
If user gets 2 requests for ban – he automatically will be blocked by system JiJi.ng.
Remember, there are two types of complaining on users – serious (marked with red color) and not serious (marked with yellow color). If one persons picks up five not serious complaints – he or she will be also blocked.

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Why don’t we ban a user after the first complaint?

A market place is a place where all people are competitors. So, we don’t necessarily trust the first request for a block. Some people want to get rid of competitors on JiJi by such methods – just pushing the red button once.

That’s why JiJi has a serious approach and bans only real scammers. Its special smart algorithm checks the veracity of complaints and if the complaint doesn’t pass on certain criteria, the system ceases to be taken into account and does not react.

Do you have other ways of detecting fraud?

Definitely, yes! JiJi’s team of professionals every day monitors news on different sites, forums and reviews about frauds in Nigeria.

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For example, when we found this review on Linda’s blog about scammer OLUKIA TOSIN on JiJi, we were outraged. He was immediately banned! ONUKA TOSIN is no longer a user on JiJi.ng.
Here is one example of his ads. Be careful with anything similar!

 

Similar reviews about fraud on JiJi.ng were also encountered on other sites and blogs. And we do with other scammers the same – block forever!
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We want to thank everybody who is not indifferent to this problem, and helps us to detect scammers on JiJi.ng online marketplace! We want you continue to adhere this philosophy.

One blocked fraud equals thousands of people who save their money.

Take care of yourself and other honest Nigerian people. If you have encountered a fraud, please inform JiJi’s administration, or submit a request to ban the site’s user.

All scammers will be excluded from JiJi! We instantly react to any information about them!

And remember:
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Conclusion

Jiji is scam free, why don’t you give it a try. A visit to the site unveils a bring-it-on impression, as the services they offer virtually cuts across every human endeavour; According to their slogan “The best place to sell anything to real people. Be scam smart and Street wise.
Incase of any comment , suggestion and advice , you can follow and tweet at jiji using this https://twitter.com/JiJiNigeria or “@jijiNigeria..
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Happy Birthday .COM! Celebrating 30 Years of Internet History

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Happy Birthday .COM! Celebrating 30 Years of Internet History

Thirty years ago, the .com Internet domain was born. In case you’re not familiar, the companies and organizations that hand out Internet addresses use top-level domains like .com to organize the addresses. While it seems difficult to remember a time when .COM didn’t exist, the exponential growth of the industry has been relatively recent. In 1985, only six domains were registered. That number grew to 223 in 1990 and 9,005 in 1995, but exploded to over 20 million in 2000. In early 2015, more than 116 million domains were registered.
On March 15, 1985, the first .COM was registered to symbolics.com. This turning point marked the beginning of an industry that revolutionized business and entertainment on an international level. Readily available information at our fingertips has dramatically impacted daily life. Today, nearly three billion users access .COM domains each day. From personal websites and dating sites to online shopping, social media, and news sites, the .COM invention sparked a variety of other domains, such as .EDU, .GOV, .NET and .ORG.

Happy Birthday .COM! Celebrating 30 Years of Internet History

With more than 3 trillion users accessing sites each day, the .COM domain created a platform for some of the world’s most influential people and companies to showcase and promote their brands. Take a look at these stats of .COM users.
Geekzone reports that , From Amazon.com, which registered its domain name in 1994, and Google, which registered Google.com as a domain name in 1997, to small and mid-sized businesses more recently registered, such as Enduracenter.com, NaturallyCoolKids.com, or PantryFullofRecipes.com, which was registered in 2015, .COM is the global online standard for doing business. .COM addresses are your best choice for making your online identity recognizable, easily found and trusted on the global Internet.

“.COM is more than just an address. It’s a globally recognized and respected brand itself that nearly every major global brand, including 100 percent of the Fortune 500, has entrusted with their online presence,” said Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer at Verisign. “.COM turning 30 represents a shared milestone for us all and a celebration worth commemorating.”

While Internet growth and adoption has been primarily concentrated in North America for the last 30 years, today, Internet users in North America account for 19 percent of the total number of Internet users globally. As global Internet adoption and growth is accelerating outside of North America, .COM’s global brand appeal, instant recognizability and rapid growth in overseas markets illustrates .COM’s growth in parallel with Internet adoption.

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