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Rickroll (3)

compounding; verb
To be tricked into listening to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The victim of this trick is typically led into believing they will navigate to a webpage, watch a video, or listen to something with wildly different content, but are instead directed to the song. Can be the actions of a troll for comedic purposes, which is similar to an online prankster, although this prank is fairly harmless. Typically, to enhance the surprise of the victim, the victim is led to believe the content they will receive is serious in nature, only to be more shocked when the upbeat song begins to play Example: I was told to click on the link for additional sources on coral bleaching, but the familiar beats told me I had been rickrolled in 2019.
 
Rickrolling is an online trend that began due to a controversial website called 4chan, among video gamers. What appeared to be another upload of the trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV lured people to “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The phenomenon progressed beyond the website and became a more widely accepted meme. Novel word creation occurred as a result of the suddenness and great popularity of the meme. Jamie Dubs. “Rickroll.” Know Your Meme, 2012, https://archive.is/20160401063931/http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/rickroll#selection-8847.1-8861.31.
Etymology : The first part of the word “Rick” is a reference to the singer of the song, Rick Astley The second part of the word —“roll”-- was introduced due to a prior 4chan phenomenon in which people were “duckrolled” through “duckrolling”. Formation through analogy created “rickroll” and rickrolling”. Rickrolling is an online trend that began due to a controversial website called 4chan, among video gamers. What appeared to be another upload of the trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV lured people to “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The phenomenon progressed beyond the website and became a more widely accepted meme. Novel word creation occurred as a result of the suddenness and great popularity of the meme. Jamie Dubs. “Rickroll.” Know Your Meme, 2012, https://archive.is/20160401063931/http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/rickroll#selection-8847.1-8861.31.
Source : “Jokes on whoever rickrolled me, I actually like this song” Context: Document a non-official upload video in the comment section on Youtube of Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up”, written by Pete Waterman, Mike Stock, and Matt Aiken. Directed to link by college announcement document. Video entitled “Rickroll’d”, published May 15, 2007 Link: Document Accessed: 11/3/2019
Last modified: 17 December 2019


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