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rickroll

verb; blending
a prank in which someone is tricked into watching a video of Rick Astley singing his 1980’s hit, Never Gonna Give You Up; the prank usually involves an internet web link that is masked by the name of another website and sends the user to Rick's Astley's video
 
The first part of the term, rick-, is derived from the name of the singer who is involved in the prank, while the second part, -rolled, is possibly a metaphorical derivation from the word roll. It can be said that the user is "rolled on" or "run over" by this prank. This terminology is very similar to other words, such as dominated, owned, and played, which are all used to describe a situation in which something or someone is overpowered or tricked by something else. It is also possible that this term was modeled after the word duckroll, which involves web links that lead to a picture of a duck on wheels. The term rickroll is becoming an internet sensation, especially on youtube.com, where millions of people view videos on a daily basis.
Etymology : blending of the eponym Rick [from the name of a 1980's singer, Rick Astley] + roll [Old French rolle "rolled-up piece of parchment or paper" (Latin rotula "small wheel")]
Source : -I guarantee I will be able to rickroll you within the next month. -I don't care. I love that song. Conversation with roommate, May 2008
Last modified: 25 November 2008


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