English Lesson: 21st Century Verbs

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The internet has had a huge impact on how we live. It has also had an impact on how we speak., New technologies result in new ways of speaking. Today, let’s look at some of this technology talk. Many of the words we have can be used as both nouns and verbs. Here are some examples:

Google, YouTube, and email

  • Google is the most popular search engine. google as a noun
  • If you Google “Happy English” you can find this website. google as a verb
  • I have a few English lesson videos on YouTube. youtube as a noun
  • I YouTubed Johnny Depp and found a lot of interesting videos. youtube as a noun
  • I get a lot of email from my students. email as a noun
  • EunJoo emails her homework every week email as a verb

Facebook and Twitter

Facebook is a noun, and when someone becomes your friend on facebook you use friend as a verb:

  • Do you know Michael? He just friended me on facebook.
  • Jane unfriended her boyfriend Jack after they broke up.

When you write a message on twitter, you tweet. By the way, tweet is the sound birds make

  • Aston Kutcher tweets every day.
  • I haven’t seen any tweets from Sharon recently. I wonder why she is so quite.

Skype and Instant Messaging

We use skype as a noun and verb, and IM as a verb to mean send an instant message

  • Skype has voice and video chat.
  • I Skype my friend in Japan every day.
  • I IM’d my boss to say I’d be late for the meeting


Blog is also a noun and a verb

Snail mail, and delivery services

As you know, the word mail is a verb and a noun. We refer to the mail that is sent using the postal service as “snail mail.”

  • Shall I email that document or send it by snail mail?

Other delivery service names can be used as nouns or verbs:

  • Please FedEx that document to me.
  • I use FedEx every day.

Well, there you have it. Can you think of any other new vocabulary that has been born from our new technology?