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Facebook

verb; zero derivation
To add someone as a friend on The Facebook online social network for college and high school students. The proper noun, Facebook, has been zero-derived to form a verb that means to add someone to theirs friends list on the Facebook network (http://www.facebook.com). This exemplifies a process similar to the derivation of verb forms of technology product or company trademarks like Google and Photoshop. The term has gained very wide use among U.S. college students due to the popularity of the Facebook and is now spreading to the vocabularies of high school students with the more recent creation of a Facebook for high school students.
 
Facebook me! [a hyperlink that accesses a Facebook page to send a friend request to add that particular person]
Etymology : The proper noun, Facebook (originally derived from a compounding of face and book since everyone is listed by pictures usually of their faces), has been zero-derived to form a verb
Source : A friend’s AIM profile
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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