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The fast at which the Internet has entered and transformed our has had an impact on the words and language we use. It is 20 years since the Dictionary.com was created, and it has looked back at the two decades to see how the worldwide web has created definitions to many used words. Dictionary.com Liz McMillan says it's interesting to see, "just how much the rise of technology has shaped our word use over ". She said: "To commemorate the 20th birthday of Dictionary.com, we look back at 20 words that have expanded in over the last 20 years." The website has been documenting new lexical uses since, "the dawn of the Internet ".

Perhaps one of the most recognisable changes is to the word "friend". For , this word has been a noun. However, with the rise of Facebook, this very common word is now also a , as in, "Can you friend me?" A of this word is "befriend," which means to become friends with (usually in the real and not cyber world). The word "tablet" used to commonly refer to a piece of stone, clay, or wood that is used to write on. Now it's more likely to mean a touchscreen that is Internet-enabled. Other words that have new definitions include "cloud," "," "viral," "tweet" and "troll". There's no knowing which new words will have new meanings in the next two .

 
 

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