Top 9 words that have changed meaning because of the internet, what a twist

French linguistic history is strange, you won’t go back (I’d even say the third one will shock you). Yes, because it has both words that we had misunderstood from the beginning AND words that have completely changed over time. Evolution is crazy, isn’t it? And it won’t stop, because with the Internet there are also a bunch of words that take on a different meaning. Thanks Google!

1. “Report”

Before, we thought that the ratio was just a mathematical coefficient a bit complicated to understand when we were in the 5th grade at the François Rabelais college in Angers. Now, it turns out that the report is a common prank tactic on Twitter that involves commenting on a post in an attempt to get more likes than the author of the post for the “report” and thereby humiliate them. Not pretty, but we can say it’s still fun when it’s a French tweeter reporting Elon Musk.

2. “#”

We’re more of a symbol than a word, really, but since that too has changed a lot, I present it to you anyway. Previously, “#” simply represented a number (like “#1”), but today it simply means “hashtag” and is more of a tool for finding posts on social networks. #TooOof

3. “Hack”

In France, in the past, this term was mainly used with the verb “hacker”, in the “I hacked the Sims 1 xD” mode, to talk about piracy or illegal downloading. Today, the word “hack” has more of a connotation of smart tips, because we use it all the time to talk about life hacks, tricks that are supposed to make our lives a lot easier, like what to use to replace a broken heel. or how to store bananas longer. Also, if anyone has a life hack to fill their bank account without breaking the bank, I’m interested.

4. “Karen”

Again, we are in the name and not the words, but with the evolution that I will show you, you will understand why I put “Karen” in this top. Because before social networks, Karen, especially in the United States, could live in peace and harmony. But today, their name is very ignominiously associated with that of a 50-year-old, filthy, racist, anti-mask mother of a family who speaks ill of all people they consider inferior to her. An unseen story reminds us of the difficult life of poor Kevin who was asking for nothing.

5. “Amazon”

The Amazon (with an e) was once a large Brazilian river. Now it’s a big platform that exploits its employees by forcing them to pee in bottles to take as few breaks as possible. What do you prefer?

6. “Eggplant”

I won’t say that in 1547 no one called the eggplant as a big zgeg, because I don’t know the hell. But the fact remains that for several years, this delicious vegetable has been clearly imprinted in people’s heads as a pictorial metaphor for a penis and less as a practical food for moussaka. And it’s all because of the over-the-top eggplant emoji in sexting. Calm down actually.

7. Bukkake

I’m also not going to try to explain the pornographic twist that the word “bukkake” has taken, because I think you all know what we’re talking about here. But what you probably don’t know is that before the advent of PornHub, bukkake (which means “sprinkling” in Japanese, yes, yes) was primarily a dish where the second dish was poured over the noodles, as in bukkake-udon or. bukkake-soba, for example. You’ll think about it next time.

8. “Woke Up”

Before people who are a little more closed-minded seize on this word to make it a widely broadcast slur on Twitter (and on TVs, yes Messrs. Zemmour and Blanquer, we’re talking to you) against progressive ideas, the word “woke.” ” was already in use in the 19th century. It designated a person who was aware of the social problems and injustices experienced by blacks and then by other minorities in the United States. Therefore, we are very far from the aspect ” moralizing” that people like Éric le Z want to imply.

9. “Memes”

Very fast, but I’m telling you the same (mdrrrr you got it?): this word that used to define, among other things, similar things or that specified an element today may mainly want to define viral images on the Internet. , do to make people laugh around the cottages. And if you didn’t understand what I was talking about, you just have to consult ours on top of the best spelling memes. I won’t do everything for you either.

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