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Title: Feeback on a New Concept - 'frape'
Submitter: Kirsty Underwood
Description: Hello, I am conducting research for an undergraduate degree on a neologism;
frape. The word has been born out of the facebook website and denotes the

The neologism frape denotes the act of 'Facebook-rape' as a shortened
version of the term. Facebook-rape means to access a person's Facebook
account without their knowledge or consent in order to alter their personal
information and create status updates. It is typically conducted for
humorous purposes by causing embarrassment of the account holder and making
them appear to have written things they would not normally do so and is
often of a vulgar nature. Frape can also take the form of changing profile
pictures, date of birth, place of work and joining Facebook groups.

Could anyone supply their opinions of this word from a linguistic point of
view, particularly is using the word rape in this way acceptable? Anecdotal
contributions and opinions would be ideal.

The literature which has been covered so far is of a sociolinguistic
nature, focusing on social groups and linguistic features specific to a
group, why new words are developed and the purposes they serve for the
groups who use them. Literature covering the field of internet language has
also been included such as Crystal (2007), Baron (2010).

The research aims to determine if the term frape, which makes use of the
word rape, will hold more positive opinions amongst a specific group and
how well it is received by others who have not encountered it before.

Thank you for your help, Kirsty Underwood.
Date Posted: 18-Apr-2011
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 22.1726
Posted: 18-Apr-2011

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