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Ghost (4)

zero derivation Verb
To abruptly stop talking to someone without giving that person a reason, usually in a romantic relationship or relationship with the potential to advance into something romantic.
 
It is an example of a metaphor, referring to the idea of a ghost (N.) being invisible and flighty. When you ghost someone, you disappear (become invisible) from their life. It can also mean to leave a party or social gathering without telling anybody or saying goodbye. An example of this would be: “Did anyone see Anna leave the party last night?” “No, man. She ghosted.” Again, this meaning is an example of a metaphorical shift. I think people use ghost because it captures the negative connotation associated with someone not replying to you or leaving without saying goodbye.
Etymology : Formed by connecting the perception of a ghost being invisible to someone disappearing without trace.
Source : “I have to reply with something though, I don’t want to ghost him.” (Friend, October 2017)
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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