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Old Words, New Words: How Language Changes 2

In this worksheet, students identify words that have taken on new meanings in the age of the internet.

'Old Words, New Words: How Language Changes 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

down

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

All languages change over time. New words are added and other words stop being used.

 

Sometimes existing words take on new meanings that are used alongside the original meanings. This has happened a lot with the development of computers and the internet in recent years.

Which word in the list fits both of these definitions?

 

a network of threads made by a spider to catch insects


a way of accessing information over the internet

surf

monitor

web

hack

virus

Which word in the list fits both of these definitions?

 

to ride the crest of a wave on a board


to spend time looking at different websites on the internet

surf

monitor

web

hack

virus

Which word in the list fits both of these definitions?

 

to keep a close watch over something


the part of a computer that contains the screen for displaying information and pictures

surf

monitor

web

hack

virus

Which word in the list fits both of these definitions?

 

a type of infection that causes people to be ill


a computer program that can spread from one computer to another and cause damage

surf

monitor

web

hack

virus

Which word in the list fits both of these definitions?

 

to cut or chop something with repeated blows


to gain illegal access to a computer file or network

surf

monitor

web

hack

virus

Some words have been invented since the coming of the internet. What do you think the following word means?

 

netiquette

a ticket that allows you to access the internet

the way people are expected to behave when using the internet

a small website

Some words have been invented since the coming of the internet. What do you think the following word means?

 

emoticon

a way of using letters and punctuation marks to show a facial expression such as a wink

an angry email

a connection between two computers

Some words have been invented since the coming of the internet. What do you think the following word means?

 

infomania

the information contained on a computer's hard disk

the sending of information from one computer to another

the desire to keep checking mobile phones or computers for information

Some words have been invented since the coming of the internet. What do you think the following word means?

 

hotspot

a popular website

a hot place on a computer

a site that offers internet access to people, generally using wifi

Some words have been invented since the coming of the internet. What do you think the following word means?

 

download

to delete files from your comuputer

to reduce the size of your computer's memory

to retrieve data from another computer, often over the internet

  • Question 1

Which word in the list fits both of these definitions?

 

a network of threads made by a spider to catch insects


a way of accessing information over the internet

CORRECT ANSWER
web
EDDIE SAYS
The term 'web' is used as a shorter form of 'world wide web'.
  • Question 2

Which word in the list fits both of these definitions?

 

to ride the crest of a wave on a board


to spend time looking at different websites on the internet

CORRECT ANSWER
surf
  • Question 3

Which word in the list fits both of these definitions?

 

to keep a close watch over something


the part of a computer that contains the screen for displaying information and pictures

CORRECT ANSWER
monitor
  • Question 4

Which word in the list fits both of these definitions?

 

a type of infection that causes people to be ill


a computer program that can spread from one computer to another and cause damage

CORRECT ANSWER
virus
  • Question 5

Which word in the list fits both of these definitions?

 

to cut or chop something with repeated blows


to gain illegal access to a computer file or network

CORRECT ANSWER
hack
  • Question 6

Some words have been invented since the coming of the internet. What do you think the following word means?

 

netiquette

CORRECT ANSWER
the way people are expected to behave when using the internet
EDDIE SAYS
'Netiquette' comes from net + etiquette. The word 'etiquette' means a way of behaving politely.
  • Question 7

Some words have been invented since the coming of the internet. What do you think the following word means?

 

emoticon

CORRECT ANSWER
a way of using letters and punctuation marks to show a facial expression such as a wink
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'emoticon' comes from emotion + icon. Emoticons are sometimes called Smileys.
  • Question 8

Some words have been invented since the coming of the internet. What do you think the following word means?

 

infomania

CORRECT ANSWER
the desire to keep checking mobile phones or computers for information
  • Question 9

Some words have been invented since the coming of the internet. What do you think the following word means?

 

hotspot

CORRECT ANSWER
a site that offers internet access to people, generally using wifi
  • Question 10

Some words have been invented since the coming of the internet. What do you think the following word means?

 

download

CORRECT ANSWER
to retrieve data from another computer, often over the internet
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