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rando

noun; clipping
Clipping of the word random, used in the noun form to categorize a random person on social media, typically used for random Twitter users and/or followers.
 
“Some rando on Twitter just followed me." -friend; Nov 2013
Etymology : From Old English “rinnan” meaning to “flow, run”, which became “randon” in Middle English, meaning speed, which in turn was used in the 1650s as “at random" to mean “carelessly”, and eventually was used in the 1980s by U.S college students to indicate inferiority or exclusiveness, someone who does not belong. This popularized the use of “random” as a noun, and is now clipped to “rando” and is utilized in the social media sphere.
Source : conversation with friend; Nov 2013
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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