Word up. Or as hip dictionaries like to say: "Word look up." But lately we define a lot of the words you might need to look up differently than this musty relic. And for that, we can thank the Internet.
"Sometimes my e-mails and especially my text messages are just completely full of jargon," says Christina Warren of Mashable.com.
In other internet words, she's never Googled a dongle lost a poke-war or confused Myspace with your space or his space or her space.
"You can have a word that used to exist in one context and now has a completely new context," she says.
Trolls no longer live under bridges waiting for Billy goats. Birds tweet less often than trolls. And you can use 3Gs to toss your valuables into the cloud without spending a single dollar. The Internet somehow made Spam even less appealing. It taught us CrackBerries don't grow on bushes and some cookies contain no butter, sugar, or eggs.
Today the World Wide Web lets mice without tails diagnose and treat viruses and parasites.
More than 2,000 years ago the back-slash gave Rome a new leader. Now it grants hackers access to just about anything they want.
Et tu, selfie?
In a world of trending hashtags, lifeless landlines, and waterless streams where thumbs drive, flash mobs neglect to include real gangsters, and cyberspace grants us access to the final frontier --mankind's once-lofty standard of language may seem a victim of a total system meltdown, sacrificing Shakespeare, Faulkner, and Steinbeck on a digital funeral pyre fueled by your network's firewall.
Not so, says blogger, e-mailer, Skyper, dot-comer, senior-tech-analyst Warren.
"The Internet is going to continue to create words and phrases and it's going to be exciting to see what we're talking about in 10 years," she says.
If you ask the techy among us the new speed of communication has launched our language into its golden age.
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