Skip to Content 20 words that mean something different than they did 20 years ago

17 October, 2015
By Allison Orr

In the online world, it’s pretty impressive to be turning twenty in 2015, but 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.

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