In this thread, it became clear that a verb, 'to bug', seems to have been current in the 1950s and 60s, then dropped out of favour entirely, then re-appeared in the Internet age. However, the new usage probably has nothing to do with the old form.

Is there a recognised idea of a word being 'reinvented' or rediscovered in different time periods? Or is it too infrequent to be a recognised concept?

  • The linked thread seems altogether to neglect the sense of the verb bug as bother or pester. Commented May 16, 2016 at 20:30
  • That's try. And also the sense of 'to install a monitoring device'. It's the words concerning software bugs -- buggy, debugging, etc Commented May 16, 2016 at 20:32


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