Netspeak: Getting Amazonned

You will have heard of being ‘Bangalored‘. A word created by Western information technologists to describe the phenomenon of losing their jobs to an IT guy from a Bangalore-based outsourcing firm.

Now what if you lost your business to an online store? There’s a word for that too. It’s called ‘amazonned’. As in:

My little travel agency got amazonned by online travel agencies.

The name comes from Amazon.com, one of the internet’s first successful online retailing sites.

And what if you lost data, because your Windows-based software developed a fatal error? The cruel term for this is ‘gatesed‘, an unkind reference to Bill Gates.

Luckily, if you got Facebooked or Orkutted, nothing damaging happened to you. These terms just mean that someone looked up your profile on Facebook or Orkut.

How language changes!

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About ozymandias

What am I? A body and brain, products of carbon concatenation chemistry, an intelligence and conscience to enable bits of DNA evolve. Maybe a pharaoh, maybe a dung-beetle, never more than a safe conduit for some genes.
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