Dictionary.com: 20 words that mean something different than they did 20 years ago17 October, 2015
|By Allison Orr|
In the online world, it’s pretty impressive to be turning twenty in 2015, but Dictionary.com is doing just that.
And to mark the occasion, they’ve made a list of words that have changed meaning, or added a new meaning, in the last 20 years. Technology adds a lot of words to our vocabulary every year, but these are words that already existed, but now mean something else.
Here are a few of their list:
Viral: a piece of content that becomes popular online very quickly by being sent from person to person.
Swipe: to interact with a touchscreen device
Cloud: which now also refers to remote online computing or storage.
Footprint: an action online that leaves a trace or can serve as a means or identification.
Sandbox: an environment in which software developers or editors can create and test new content, separate from other content in the project.
Takeaway: conclusions, impressions, or action points resulting from a meeting, discussion, roundtable, or the like.