[Ads-l] "to ping"

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Fri Mar 31 10:10:02 EDT 2017


> 
>     On 31 March 2017 at 14:55 "MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM
> AMRDEC (US)" <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
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>     > Either way, the
>     > political extension doesn't make that much of a sense as a
>     > metaphorical extension, even if the intended meaning of the users is
>     > fairly clear in context.
>     >
>     > Robin
> 
>     Jon had earlier defined ping as "to contact, as by telephone or electronic
> device." I tend to think ping has more of a sense of "interrogate" rather than
> "contact"; in which case the metaphorical extension makes more sense to me.
> 

Depends on whether the pinging takes place on Facebook or Twitter.

And how does one distinguish such conduct, in the latter area, from trolling
(im)pure and simple?

Robin

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