5 Old Words With New Meanings

EVERYDAY WORDS DON'T MEAN WHAT YOU THINK

Words are always taking on new meanings...catfish, cloud, text are just  a few that have all turned viral and spiraled out of Merriam-Webster's control in the last few years. The List’s Teresa Strasser has five more that are changing in the new age.
 

1. Canoe

To nature lovers, a canoe involves a calm lake; to twitter lovers, it's a raging, overcrowded chatstream. With so many usernames involved, it feels more like a pile-on than a conversation.

 


 

2. Fire hose

Firefighters depend on it to put out blazes but on the internet it's more about 411 than H2O. Fire hose is a large stream of data happening at once, too much to handle! 

 


3. Handle

The word became a synonym for "name" in the glory days of truckers and CB radios. But now, the internet has co-opted it. It's what you go by on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 



4. List
 
Not only is it your favorite television show, or at least we like to think so, it can describe how you group your accounts on Twitter.  For example, a “List” keeps your must follow shows on one timeline so you can read all the tweets on the subject together.  
 


5. Sandbox

What was a place where kids brought little shovels; it’s now where software developers bring big ideas.  The new sandbox is an online environment where new software can be tested and tweaked. Hopefully the day will end with a bucket full of money instead of shoes full of sand.   

 



Words reincarnated, that’s what’s trending.

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