`murfing’

Very often when we surf the Net for information, we end up visiting sites that we don’t really need to. We spend a lot of time moving from one site to another because we find the contents rather interesting — though they may not provide us with the information that we actually need! This aimless surfing of the Net that we indulge in is called `murfing’.

Examples: Uma spent the afternoon murfing `diabetes’, and ended up learning more about dowry deaths.

Today, the word has taken on an additional meaning. `Murfing’ is seen as a combination of `mobile’ and `surfing’. With advances in technology, it is now possible to surf the Net on your mobile phone

Note: The columnist’s comments were published in 2007 when the Mobile surfing was just emerging…

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – Mar 12, 2007

 

 

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