A very specific lexicon has formed around search engine optimisation and social media. But where did all these words originate from?
Thanks to Etymology Online for providing many of these definitions.
Early 15c., "to pledge," from M.Fr. engagier, from O.Fr. en gage "under pledge," from en "make" + gage "pledge.
O.E. folgere "retainer, servant, disciple; successor."
Meaning of "identifying mark made by a hot iron" (1550s).
Late O.E., gewær, "wary, cautious."
"Loudspeaker for high frequencies," 1934, agent noun from tweet.
"Devotee," 1889, Amer.Eng., originally of baseball enthusiasts, probably a shortening of fanatic, but may be influenced by the fancy, a collective term for followers of a certain hobby or sport (especially boxing).
c.1300, from O.Fr. mencion "call to mind," from L. mentionem (nom. mentio) "a calling to mind, a speaking of, mention."
1690s, originally an art criticism term, "assemblage of figures or objects in a painting or design," from Fr. groupe "cluster, group."
O.E. freond, prp. of freogan "to love, to favor," from P.Gmc. *frijojanan "to love."
Search engine optimisation
Early 14c., from O.Fr. cerchier "to search," from L. circare "go about, wander, traverse."
c.1300, Fom O.Fr. engin "skill, cleverness," also "trick, deceit, stratagem; war machine" (12c.), from L. ingenium "inborn qualities, talent".
1844, "to act as an optimist," back formation from optimist. Meaning "to make the most of" is first recorded 1857.
Mid-15c., "one of a series of rings or loops which form a chain," probably from O.N. *hlenkr (cf. O.Swed. lænker "chain, link," Norw. lenke, Dan. lænke).
C.1600, from M.L. analyticus, from Gk. analytikos "analytical," from analytos "dissolved."
1650s, "pertaining to fingers," from L. digitalis, from digitus. Meaning "using numerical digits" is from 1938, especially of computers after c.1945; in reference to recording or broadcasting, from 1960.
1560s, "buying and selling," prp. adj. from market.
Early 15c. "to take notice of," from M.Fr. advertiss-, prp. stem of a(d)vertir "to warn" (12c.), from L. advertere "turn toward," from ad- "toward" (see ad-) + vertere "to turn".