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Dled

verb; acronym
to download; to use a connection to the internet to obtain some program or file. Dled is an acronym from download; it is uncertain whether this word became a verb by zero-derivation, or whether the noun was a back-formation (rather a chicken-and-eff scenario). The word itself, though, is a composite of ‘down’ and ‘load.’ Down is being used metaphorically; rather than a literal sense of below, it refers to the transfer of information from a machine that is in possession of it (and thus ‘above’) to one that lacks it.
 
So I dled winamp today, and it was version 5.111. This is how you know you go to MIT: you take one look at that and think, "five-eleven-one! chem!
Etymology : A blend of down and load. The word down came through Middle English doun from Old English dune. This is a dative of dūn, meaning ‘hill,’ which goes back to the Indo-European root -dheuə. The verb load, according to the American Heritage Dictionary refers to “put[ting] (something) into or onto a structure or conveyance. This is interesting as it originally meant ‘way, course’ and ‘conveyance’ in Old English, coming to the modern meaning through the Middle English lode, which shifted towards the meaning of burden due to influence by the Old English lade. The original load has roots in the Germanic laitho.
Source : Friend (C. Zhang) at MIT
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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