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Postby Dr. Goodword » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:19 pm

• clickbait •

Pronunciation: klik-bayt • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun, mass (no plural)

Meaning: A web-page link designed to entice users to go to a certain web page that is often not what the link advertises.

Notes: This word is so new it has not had time to generate a family. We can easily imagine it being used as a verb, to clickbait, opening the door to clickbaiter and clickbaiting.

In Play: Clickbait often leads to slide shows or videos designed to keep you on the target page and raise the website's "stickiness" ranking, the average number of minutes visitors stay on a page: "The link was from a picture of a huge python, so I clicked on it and was led to a 21-picture slide show with the python in the 21st picture." Elsewhere clickbait is used to gather contact information: "When I clicked the link to a presumable news story, I was taken to a page where I had to sign in with my e-mail address."

Word History: This word is obviously a recent compound (first published appearance in 1999) comprising click and bait. Click comes from sound imitation. It is probably related to Old French clique "tick of a clock", Italian and Spanish clic, and Dutch klikken "to click". Who knows which came first. Bait is another matter. It was borrowed by the English from the Vikings, Old Norse beita "food, bait", related to English bite. These words derived from PIE bheid- "to split", which developed into Germanic words referring to biting. One of these words was borrowed by Italian and became pizza and by Greek, where it became pita. (Today's lexical tidbit was discovered by Chris Stewart, who thought I should send out the name for this bit of web trickery as a Good Word.)
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Re: Clickbait

Postby LukeJavan8 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:25 pm

I ran into one in a BBC news feed. Picture of Barron Trump with the
words "You'd be surprised at the President's son's IQ." Clickbaiting(?)
it there came up 25 persons with their IQ, but never Barron.
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Re: Clickbait

Postby misterdoe » Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:55 pm

The kind of clickbait I don't like is the type like Luke described, where the link teases info about a person who is not included on the target website, or a "photo" of an event that never actually happened. :roll:

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Re: Clickbait

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:45 pm

I wonder about opening a new menu heading for computer terms. Not only would it be useful, especially over time as doc and maybe others treat them. It might also attract more folk to the site who google computer terminology.

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Re: Clickbait

Postby Slava » Wed May 16, 2018 2:20 pm

Good idea, Perry. I'll second that.
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