15th October 2010 at 01:00
Poke (v)

Means: Unspecified (and open to interpretation)

Usage: Girl A: "Darren just poked me!"Girl B: "No way! You going to poke him back?"

As film director David Fincher's telling of the Facebook story, The Social Network, hits the big screen amid much acclaim, the friend-collecting website and, in turn, its questionable, almost unquantifiable, act of "poking" is on everyone's lips. The "poke" service allows users, with the push of a button, to alert other users to their presence. That's all it does. The Facebook for Dummies guidebook says that it is to tell people you are thinking of them, but it is an action so vague that it leaves the meaning open to interpretation. But with vanity and hormones prevailing in the young, "poking" has become synonymous with flirting. If you have a class Facebook group, best leave that button unclicked.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today