By itself, it’s a word. By itself it means to test the network card of a computer or as a speed test according to Wikipedia. By itself I like ping’s Ã¢â‚¬â€œ They are useful and helpful.
But upon what day did someone decide it was acceptable to use the word ping in the following example sentences:
I just pinged Steve about that product.
Ping me when you get into the office tomorrow.
I know I’m hardly one to talk about people melding with machines and the two becoming one Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I may as well have a dozen electronic devices integrated into my body and get it over and done with but it really bugs me.
What is wrong with just saying Ã¢â‚¬Å“I emailed Steve about that productÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“Send me an IM when you get into the office tomorrowÃ¢â‚¬Â?