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channel surfing

The frequent changing of channels when watching television, especially for an extended period of time. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I hate channel surfing. I can't understand why people don't just pick a program and watch it!
See also: channel, surfing


An intentionally incorrect pluralization of "Internet" used for comedic effect. A: "Where did you hear about this?" B: "Oh, on the Internets, so it's you know it's true!"
See also: Internet

on the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog

A phrase that highlights the anonymous nature of online correspondence. It originally appeared in a cartoon by Peter Steiner. A: "I can't say something that mean, even to a stranger." B: "Oh, sure you can! On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."
See also: dog, know, nobody, on

scour (something or some place) for (someone or something)

To search thoroughly inside of or all around some place or thing for someone or something. I've been scouring the internet for information about this strange new app my kids are using. We scoured the warehouse for evidence, but we couldn't find anything that would hold up in court.
See also: scour

channel surfing

Switching from one television station (channel) to another frequently, either to search for an interesting program or to keep track of several programs at once. For example, What did you see on TV last night?-Nothing much; I was just channel surfing. The term transfers the surfer's search for good waves to the viewer's search for programs. This practice became widespread with the use of remote-control devices for changing channels while remaining seated some distance from the television set. [1980s] A 1990s version is Internet surfing, a similar process for searching cyberspace.
See also: channel, surfing

channel surfing

See also: channel, surfing
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