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Cyber-grounded

adjective; compounding
Describing the condition of being barred from accessing the Internet or using a computer for entertainment purposes; applies especially to children The area of computing is a constant source of new words, and this a prime example. Many parents use a denial of a favored activity as a punishment, and in the modern world the use of the computer is the primary entertainment for many youngsters. In the past, being "grounded" meant being unable to leave the house or play outside; now, it is necessary to use the prefix "cyber" to convey the idea that the child is unable to use the computer. This word seems very likely to come into mainstream usage, if it has not already done so.
 
A chastened Johnny was cyber-grounded for two weeks: no email, no Instant Messages, no surfing, no online access at all.
Etymology : "cyber" (relating to computers or the Internet) + "grounded" (slang for confined to one's room or denied freedom of actions)
Source : Delta Sky Magazine, November issue
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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