Long before Facebook, first pal was unfriended in 1275!

Aug 25 2013, 12:55 IST
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SummaryA few words which seem to be straight out of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's slangbag have actually been around for the past couple of centuries.

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"Babe", used in the sense of "hot chick", has a very 1970s ring to it. But this sense of babe has been around since the early 1900s. The OED gives a quote from 1915: "She's some babe."

Other dated but widely used words on her list are "funky", "hipster", "frigging", "booze" and "tricked out".

"Booze" has been a general slang for alcoholic drink at least since the 1850s, and it has a longer history as a Middle English verb "bouse," meaning "to drink excessively" in the 1500s.

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