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Rick roll

verb; compounding
To trick someone into clicking on a false hyperlink on the Internet that takes the person to the Rick Astley video “Never Gonna Give You Up,” instead of what they expected to find
 
This term is often found on the Internet. It is eponymous of Rick Astley, whose music video is linked through the false hyperlink. The word ‘roll’ is used to imply that the person was tricked or bamboozled in some way into clicking the false link. This is an example of a metaphor. This term was probably coined as a clever way of describing a trick that had no previous name. In the beginning, several names for this trick was probably proposed, and the one that stuck was probably just the mostly humorous, and thus, most accepted one.
Etymology : Rick roll is a compound term that comes from ‘Rick’ + ‘roll.’ ‘Rick’ is a proper name that is eponymous of Rick Astley. ‘Roll’ means ‘to move by rotating’ and was first used in 1375.
Source : Website Comment Section (10/08/2008) “Our chemistry teacher rick rolls us all the time on his website”
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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