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On the popular website Chatroulette.com, you sit in front of your webcam until the system connects you with a random stranger, much like the site Omegle. In an instant, you see yourself faced with a complete stranger, and it takes just a few seconds for one of two things to happen. Either the stranger will start the online chat, or the stranger will “next” you by hitting the F9 button on the top of the keyboard. This website connecting with the button spawned a new use of the internet phrase F9, where it had previously meant “fine”, when used in an online chat room or forum.


As chatroulette skyrocketed in popularity, the phrase “F9” came into internet culture. On February 27, 2010, F9 became the word of the day on Urban Dictionary. It has come to mean, through mutation, going through a relationship quickly or getting over something, as in Chat Roulette it is used to get over the stranger and advance to another.

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