[Ads-l] "to ping"

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Fri Mar 31 11:11:21 EDT 2017


Granted, but the Facebook "poke" (which still exists, gawdelpuzall) emerges
surely, in etymological terms, from "poke (a dog with a stick)", whereas "ping",
wherever it's coming from now, is ultimately echt-sonar.  Nagh?

Robin

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>     On 31 March 2017 at 15:57 W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>     IMHO, the old facebook <poke> is closest to the WWII submarine movie
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>     SONAR cliché. It was an electronic query, that dear hearts & gentle people
>     interpreted as a threatening "Knock-knock! Is anybody home?"
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