It’s been over a year since we last took a look at technology’s effect on terminology, but the digital world’s effect on our language continues apace. As new words such as ‘selfie’ and ‘email’ are inducted into dictionaries, existing terms have their central meanings redefined.
Offering up a fresh new set of changing names and phrases is this infographic from decluttr. Listing a handful of terms that are now common technological parlance, the primary definitions from yesteryear are included to show the evolution of language in action.
Particularly surprising examples are ‘friend’ – which in social media may no longer indicate a friendship at all – or the long-retired ‘World Wide Web’, which was the early phrase for the internet. Ultimately, it’s a reminder that as technology changes, the language that must keep describing it changes alongside it.