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  • v. To coax one into clicking on a hyperlink which leads to something other than what is claimed, originating with YouTube videos of Rick Astley's song Never Gonna Give You Up.
  • v. To harass with misleading hyperlinks of this kind.

Etymologies

Coined by an anonymous user on the site 4chan in 2007. It combines Rick, Astley's given name, with roll, in a reference to a 2005 prank on the site that replaced the string egg to duck, famously resulting in duckroll, where eggroll was meant. (Wiktionary)

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  • According to Wonkypedia, morphed from duckroll.

    February 21, 2009

  • AAAHHHLLLNAH!

    WORST SUSHI EVER.

    July 11, 2008

  • That's perfect!

    April 2, 2008

  • I just got this link in a work email. Work email is for work, people! Although, I must admit, the twist on this one is particularly good.

    April 2, 2008

  • I love lame jokes.

    April 2, 2008

  • *humming* nevergonna give you up, nevergonna let you dowwwwn...

    April 2, 2008

  • And yet I came back to this page anyway.

    April 2, 2008

  • When someone posts a link to something you expect to be interesting, but in fact it's to a video of Rick Astley's debut single, "Never Gonna Give You Up." An overused Internet April Fool's joke.

    For more info, please see the Wikipedia article.

    April 2, 2008

  • Oh good GRIEF, I'm ANCIENT! He looks like a 10-year-old!

    Heehee. Thanks for the memories, u. ;-)

    July 4, 2007

  • <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/oHg5SJYRHA0"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/oHg5SJYRHA0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>

    July 3, 2007