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Offline

adjective; zero derivation
Downloaded or retrieved from the internet. Zero-derivation. Existing phrases such as “I got it off a catalog” or “I got advice off a website” have led to the word offline being used as such. My roommate would say “I got a song offline”, which is contrary to the word’s original meaning, “not connected to the Internet”. The word, which could be considered a compound of “off” and “line” or a zero-derivation of “offline”.
 
I got the new album offline.
Etymology : Offline, adj [off + line]
Source : My roommate as well as various other people
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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