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IM

verb; acronym
v.i. or v.t. to send an Instant Message via America OnlineTM or a similar Internet service [abbreviation of Instant Message] Interpretation of intended meaning to send an Instant Message via America OnlineTM or a similar Internet service; to initiate an Instant Message dialogue; to communicate via Instant Messages Presumed reason for coinage Internet lingo naturally lends itself to acronyms, and the long phrase Instant Message for a simple social act needed abbreviation. word has been in use at least since fall 1995
 
My ex-boyfriend IMed me last night, but I just ignored him and logged off.
Etymology : morphemes from 'instant message' are no longer visible
Source : conversation between Rice students
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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