Friend”Friend” isanother example of a neologism that has been recently created throughconversion. The term ‘Friend’ was only a noun; however, due to social media theterm “friend” is now also a verb. It is used to describe the process of addingsomeone to your profile on social media platforms, such as Facebook.
“Whydidn’t you friend me?” Can you recognize how this neologism was created? Go to page 5 for more information about theevolution of language and conversions. Neologism Conversions linked to SocialMedia TrollDuring the 17thcentury, the term ‘troll’ referred to a giant or demon. However, through BackFormation, social media created a new meaning for the word. Backformation (Bodle, 2016) is when the meaning of a new word linksto a previous word. Characteristics of a troll include anti-social, quarrelsomeand slow-witted creatures that make life difficult for travelers (Dimri, 2016). Nowadays, ‘troll’ refersto a person who posts unwanted, rude and offending pictures and comments onsocial media platforms. In other words, it is a person who offends others.
Asyou can see there is a direct link between the old definition and the newdefinition which indicates an evolution that has taken place over time. Whenstudying converted neologisms, it is always important to make this link betweenthe old meaning and the new meaning in order to point out how this neologismwas actually created.