Do you plank?
Have you ever taken part in a flash mob, or been rickrolled?
Even if you haven’t, you may have wondered how the names for these and other Internet-related crazes got started.
Well, UWA linguist Daniel Midgley is going to tell you anyway on this week’s Talk the Talk.
Listen to this episode
Wikipedia’s “planking” page, which claims an Australian origin
Beware: planking can be dangerous.
Even strippers plank:
Also goes by the “lying down game”
French: A Plat Ventre
Origin of ‘plank’
A handy infographic on ‘rickrolling’
Track the usage of ‘flash mob’ in books for the last 200 years!
And check how it goes off the chart at 2003.
The new usage: Surrealist performance art
And the New York Times uses it in a brand new way: a spontaneous crowd.
Great flash mobs
Hammer Pants Dance – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdg-b08uWRc
Frozen Grand Central – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwMj3PJDxuo
Perth Pillow Fight Club 2005 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-R1zggOhY4
One of Jamie’s Mum – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0