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Top Irritating Words Spawned by Internet 576

prostoalex writes "If you're launching a new blog into the blogosphere, does the common netiquette allow you to have a separate wiki to go with a blog? If the previous sentence irritated you, you're not alone. Folksonomy, blogosphere, blog, netiquette and blook are among the most hated Internet words, Lulu Blooker Prize research found."
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Top Irritating Words Spawned by Internet

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  • The list (Score:5, Funny)

    by plover ( 150551 ) * on Thursday June 21, 2007 @11:50PM (#19604203) Homepage Journal
    To save you the trouble of Reading TFA, here they are:

    10. Chump.
    9. Chumpette.
    8. Yours.
    7. Up.
    6. Pimpmobile.
    5. Bite.
    4. My.
    3. Shiny.
    2. Blogosphere.
    1. Ass.

    • Re:The list (Score:5, Interesting)

      by AKAImBatman ( 238306 ) * <{akaimbatman} {at} {}> on Thursday June 21, 2007 @11:56PM (#19604249) Homepage Journal
      My number 1 term is "mashup". "Netiquette" doesn't bother me so much because it's just a shortening of "Internet Etiquette". Thus "netiquette" is perfectly natural. Similarly if you wanted to call "service combinations" something like "webcombos" I'd have no issue. But "mashup"?!? Who came up with that one? It sounds like it needs potatoes (!) or something. :P
      • Re:The list (Score:5, Funny)

        by heptapod ( 243146 ) <> on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:02AM (#19604301) Journal
        So pretty much any term used at BoingBoing???
        • Re:The list (Score:4, Funny)

          by The Mad Debugger ( 952795 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:04AM (#19604321)
          I blame Wired. I swear they make up new stupid trendy words just to piss me off. Web 2.0. Bah.
          • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

            I blame software vendors. I had a guy pitching MS Sharepoint to my group at work. He touted one of the virtues of Sharepoint as allowing "asynchronous collaboration". Of course we all know what he was trying to say, but to me that means MS Word: when someone has it locked for editing nobody else can open the copy and save it. That's asynchronous collaboration, right? Stupid vendors.
      • Re:The list (Score:5, Funny)

        by Hal_Porter ( 817932 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:13AM (#19604375)
        Mashup comes from the underground music scene. It's when people download two copyrighted pieces of music which required lots of musical ability to produce and mix them together ironically on their Mac (which requires a hell of a lot less ability) and then generously donate the result to the Creative Commons.

        Actually, that reminds me of my least favourite word, digerati []. It's the blogosphere equivalent of the popular group in an American high school. Annoyingly it's usually used by socially well connected Web 2.0 types who have little talent or idea about the underlying technology.
      • Re:The list (Score:5, Funny)

        by krelian ( 525362 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:41AM (#19604589)
        I cant think of any words spawned by the internet which I really dislike but one internet phenomena that irritates me are people who reply to the first comment just to get their post near the top even though they have no intention to actually reply to the parent.
        • Re:The list (Score:4, Insightful)

          by Dogtanian ( 588974 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @06:50AM (#19606307) Homepage

          I cant think of any words spawned by the internet which I really dislike but one internet phenomena that irritates me are people who reply to the first comment just to get their post near the top even though they have no intention to actually reply to the parent.
          I agree. ;-) Some of the words in the list are just worthless "Day Today" [] style neologisms. (Pet hate, "blogosphere", which sounds like something made up by a nerdy and pretentious 14-year-old who isn't half as smart as he likes to think he is. "Podcast" falls into that category too, and "Web 2.0" is similarly loathsome).

          However, some of the other words are okay in themselves (e.g. "meme", "cookie".... actually, I'm surprised that cookie was in the list at all). I think that a lot of them have been soiled by association with pretentious twats who wanted to get their name in Wired and overused them.
      • Netiquette (Score:5, Informative)

        by arth1 ( 260657 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @02:02AM (#19605137) Homepage Journal
        Correction: "Netiquette" is a much older term than what many seem to think, and stands for network etiquette, not Internet etiquette.
        Netiquette applies just as much to Fidonet, Bitnet, Usenet[1] and other networks.

        [1]: Usenet isn't all inside Internet. It becomes more and more so with time, but there's still nodes that use other forms of propagation, whether it's BBS gateways, Fidonet or UUCP.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by bazorg ( 911295 )
        All of them perfectly cromulent words if you ask me...
    • Re:The list (Score:5, Insightful)

      by aichpvee ( 631243 ) on Thursday June 21, 2007 @11:59PM (#19604279) Journal
      The only one you need to know: podcast. Most annoying word EVER!
      • Re:The list (Score:4, Interesting)

        by Workaphobia ( 931620 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:02AM (#19604307) Journal
        Like hell that's the one. Try Vlog. I didn't blink twice reading summary's first sentence, but if it had contained any variation on blogging I would've instantly cried that it was excessive.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by essence ( 812715 )

        The only one you need to know: podcast. Most annoying word EVER!
        I find the term VODcast more peculiar. I understand that it's short for Video On Demand ..cast. Which is stupid, a video RSS feed is not on demand, its a feed. I would have thought the more sensible VIDcast might have been used.

        I use the sensible terms whenever possible: Audio Feed and Video Feed. Or maybe Audiocast and Videocast.
      • Re:The list (Score:4, Informative)

        by Phroggy ( 441 ) <{moc.yggorhp} {ta} {3todhsals}> on Friday June 22, 2007 @02:55AM (#19605419) Homepage
        According to Wikipedia [], the name "Podcast" was first suggested in this article [] in February 2004.

        By the way, anyone who blames Apple for the name "Podcast" should note that Apple didn't get on board the Podcasting bandwagon until over a year later. Of course Apple is happy with the name, and Microsoft hates it.
    • Where are:
      2. tubgirl.jpg
      3. 133t

      I mean really! The list sounds like they're stuck in the early '80s.

    • Re:The list (Score:5, Informative)

      by arun_s ( 877518 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:03AM (#19604309) Homepage Journal
      Oblig. maddox [] link.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Bender does say Ass a lot; but I forgot his least used word. What was that again?

      The word 'blog' annoys me, as does 'voip' when it's said as a word (they pronounce it voyp) and not an acronym. Most of the time people saying "voyp" don't even understand what the technology means.

      The term 'hacker' bothers me now because it's been usurped by the media to have a malicious meaning.

      Actually lots of words annoy me...

      'online' is used far too much.

      'NAT firewall' is ponied around too much by clueless people who do
      • And I competely forgot 'vodcast'. It's just like a podcast but it's video. 'podcast' was bad enough but it was a good enough choice of word to cover the whole concept of packaging up media for your ipod into an automatically downloadable and updatable thing that itunes could work with. It kind of already covers video as well.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by AoT ( 107216 )
        The word 'blog' annoys me, as does 'voip' when it's said as a word (they pronounce it voyp) and not an acronym.

        If it isn't pronounced it's not properly an acronym. I.E. NATO, FUBAR and VOIP are proper acronyms where as IBM is not.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        The word 'blog' annoys me, as does 'voip' when it's said as a word (they pronounce it voyp) and not an acronym.

        Dealing with wireless vendors for an enterprise-wide deployment, I can't get one meeting without someone bringing up "VoFi" (VoIP over wireless, for the slow ones), despite mention at the beginning that we don't allow VoIP to begin with.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by dzfoo ( 772245 )
        Although there are plenty of Web-Two-Point-Oh words that I hate (I clench at the sound of any permutation of podcast, inclusively!), one that I find specially annoying is "log". Even TV commercials use it to mean "visit" or "view", as in "Log on to", when in fact no authentication credentials (i.e. log-on) is required.

        Also, for some stupid reason, when I play WoW, people use it to mean "log-off", as in "my mom's calling, I gotta log, sorry." At first I thought the kids were just keeping t
  • FP (Score:5, Funny)

    by JEGSYDAU ( 1082977 ) on Thursday June 21, 2007 @11:51PM (#19604207)
    OMG PONIEZ First post.... Now THAT's annoying.
  • Folksonomy??? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by EEBaum ( 520514 ) on Thursday June 21, 2007 @11:52PM (#19604221) Homepage
    Folksonomy is the #1 most hated word??? This poll is the first time I've even heard it. Same goes for blook.
    I call shenanigans!
    • by weighn ( 578357 )

      This poll is the first time I've even heard it. Same goes for blook
      IANA linguist, but, to be lingua franka, i reckon your www dialectica has been pwned
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Folksonomy is the #1 most hated word??? This poll is the first time I've even heard it.

      Yes, and now don't you hate it! ARGH!
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by interiot ( 50685 )
      It's been around for five years... []. I think I've only seen it when I was reading various documents that tried to introduce and explain tagging... I don't know if anyone used it besides the theoretical explanation of tags. But it's certainly been around for a while...
  • I hate ... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Tink2000 ( 524407 ) on Thursday June 21, 2007 @11:59PM (#19604275) Homepage Journal
    Anything with 133t. Noob. Lol and all derivatives thereof. And I've never heard blook or folksonomy -- must be a UK thing.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Tim C ( 15259 )
      Nope, they're not a UK thing - I've never heard either of them either. I can guess at the meaning of "folksonomy", but have absolutely no idea what "blook" would mean...
    • by Savage-Rabbit ( 308260 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @04:17AM (#19605739)

      nd I've never heard blook or folksonomy -- must be a UK thing.
      Actually neither has anything to do with the UK or the internet; I don't know how those words even made that list?!? Folksonomy was the name of the town the town in Finland where Linus Torvalds was born, of course that was before they changed it to Linuxsonomisalmi in his honor (btw. you Americans always get the spelling wrong, in Finnish it's: Folksonomisalmi) . The place is a Mecca for Linux users everywhere. Blook, however, is a Swedish delicacy made from herring, pickled in vodka with reindeer lichen added for flavor. Cracking open a barrel of Blook is also an excellent way of fumigating your house since Blook emits strong alcoholic vapors laced with lichen essence for the first half hour or so after you open the barrel. Just don't light any matches or operate electric equipment while the fumes are dissipating due to the danger of triggering an explosion.
  • by Compholio ( 770966 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:01AM (#19604287)
    Interblag []
  • by bennomatic ( 691188 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:01AM (#19604293) Homepage

  • mashup (Score:5, Insightful)

    by shird ( 566377 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:01AM (#19604297) Homepage Journal
    This should be a poll... "mashup" would get my vote. Its a lame attempt to seem 'cool' but in reality makes my skin crawl reading it.
  • The poll. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Zeebs ( 577100 ) <[rsdrew] [at] []> on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:04AM (#19604313)
    The poll also showed that respondants had a desire for children to 'get off their lawn'.
  • Word compression (Score:4, Insightful)

    by kihjin ( 866070 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:10AM (#19604353)
    My eyes find great displeasure in seeing the "word" wat.

    This is one abbreviation that I feel needs to "gtfo."

    For those unaware linguists out there: wat tends to be the abbreviated form of what
    • by AusIV ( 950840 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:23AM (#19604439)
      Same here. My biggest gripes are when people are simply too lazy to type a couple of letters. While I am one of the faster typists around, it just seems incredibly lazy to write "wat" or "wut" instead of "what". I don't mind (and occasionally use) abbreviations such as "lol" (though Ha ha generally seems appropriate and is only 2 characters longer), and WTF - which is generally used to tone down language.

      It also bothers me when people use abbreviations I've never heard of. It took me for ever to figure out what IANAL stood for (for those who still don't know, "I Am Not A Lawyer").

    • if it only were that (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Moraelin ( 679338 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @05:31AM (#19606057) Journal
      If it only were one lost letter, I'd probably even think it's a typo. I tend to occasionally lose a letter or two too.

      My biggest gripes are with (1) l33t, and (2) words mangled for no other reason than mangling them.

      I mean, take the following example taken verbatim from a COH group chat: "soz m8 g2g gt skewl 2moz" No, literally.

      Where shall I even start on that abhomination:

      1. "skewl" I mean, what the _bloody_ fuck? It's only one letter shorter than "school", but the "o" in "school" is double, so you don't even need to move your fingers much to type it. And _especially_ for one finger typists (since often the excuse for such monstrosities is "I can't type fast enough"), "skewl" actually involves moving your finger around more.

      It's a word mangled by retards just to sound "kewl". Fucktards.

      2. "soz", "2moz" and other such use of "z" for half the word endings in the fucking dictionary. I mean, wtf? "Z" doesn't even remotely sound like anything with a "r" in it. And which ending _is_ is supposed to be, anyway? "rry" and "rrow" are very different bits of word.

      3. "m8", "2moz" and other such l33t use of digits. Here's a thought for those smackards: not everyone is a native English speaker, so their reflex reading of a digit will be in their mother tongue, not in English. So is it "macht"? (8 = Acht in German. "Macht" = power, or the Force.) Mocho? Mhuit? Or what? You're forcing someone to effectively translate it back and forth, piece by piece, just to discover what it means.

      Ah well...
  • LOOSE (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PingXao ( 153057 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:18AM (#19604407)
    As in loose your ability spell. Most people who spell 'lose' this way prolly never learned to spell in the first place. It drives me up a wall every time I see it.
  • by Fett101 ( 810894 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:19AM (#19604411)
    Amazed they left out the worst buzzword ever. Web 2.0 *shudder*
  • by SuperBanana ( 662181 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:23AM (#19604441)

    1)Cory Doctorow, the internet hipster who, despite claiming to be such a damn good author, hasn't been able to get a publishing contract. He's against copyright, but he's got no problem with a little book-burning:

    What kind of jerk sculptor sells the city a piece of public art for a public park and then demands that no one take pictures of it? Christ, they should run this guy out of town on a rail and melt the goddamned sculpture down for scrap.

    2)Xeni Jardin, the girl who is just too cool to use her real name. Because, like, something happened with her dad. She's the world's foremost self-appointed expert on how we use cell phones. Or...something like that.

    Put them together and you have the most irritating self-righteous people on the planet.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      You forgot Eric S. Raymond and Richard Stallman. On that note, I would add that referring to these people by their initials annoys me almost as much as the people themselves.
  • by stox ( 131684 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:31AM (#19604505) Homepage
    RIAA, MPAA, DHS, NSA, FBI, IRS, and Vista. Not necessarily in that order.
  • 1337 speak (Score:4, Funny)

    by GFree ( 853379 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:33AM (#19604519)
    Anything that encompasses "leet/1337" speak. I was fine with it years ago, but now it's become tiresome.

    There are only so many times the phrase "OMG I PWNED J00 N00BZ0RZ LOLOLOLOL" can be uttered over VoIP before you want to punch the little shit in the head.
  • by rueger ( 210566 ) * on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:36AM (#19604539) Homepage
    "The Lulu Blooker Prize is the world's first literary prize devoted to "blooks"-books based on blogs or other websites, including webcomics."

    No punchline needed....
  • by drew ( 2081 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:40AM (#19604579) Homepage

    "cookie" ... [has] been voted among the most irritating words spawned by the Internet, according to the results of a poll published Thursday.

    Funny, I'm pretty sure I remember hearing the word "cookie" long before I had ever heard of the Internet.

    Too bad that "Ajax" didn't make the list. I'm glad that one has pretty much died by now.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by dabraun ( 626287 )
      AJAX has just been superceded by the broader Web 2.0. I'm not sure that's an improvement.
  • Cookie?? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Actually, I do RTFA ( 1058596 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:52AM (#19604683)

    How is the word "cookie" annoying. That's what it's called, and I don't know any other word for it. Internet words that are annoying fall into a couple of categories:

    1. Words exists for this concept, and I'm going to combine them and think I sound cool. E.g. "Internet Etiquette" -> "Net Etiquette" -> "Netiquette"
    2. There's a technology that already exists and has a name, but I'm going to invent a new word for it and think I'm on the cutting edge. E.g. "Streaming Audio" -> "Podcast"
    3. I'm going to modify the word "Blog" in some way, and annoy everyone
    4. Let me artificially abbreviate/omit words/punctuation because I don't know how to type. E.g. "It is probably too late for the movie" -> "Prbbly 2 late 4 mov"
    5. 1337 speak.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by saforrest ( 184929 )
      E.g. "Streaming Audio" -> "Podcast"

      Well, I agree with your basic point that a "podcast" is certainly not something that really needed a newly-coined name.

      But a podcast is certainly not streaming audio. IPods don't have wifi, so listening to streamed audio on an iPod would require it to be connected to a computer at all times: this defeats the entire purpose of a portable audio player.
  • by Actually, I do RTFA ( 1058596 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @12:58AM (#19604723)
    1. In Soviet Russia, post firsts you!
    2. ???????
    3. All your profit are belong to us.
  • Netiquette? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Lewisham ( 239493 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @01:17AM (#19604863)
    The only people that voted for Netiquette are the people that don't understand why it used to exist in the first place.

    I remember the times when good netiquette was thought essential (which was not that long ago).

    "lol ur a netiket fag i typ lik i want"
  • Spam terms (Score:5, Funny)

    by Infonaut ( 96956 ) <> on Friday June 22, 2007 @01:21AM (#19604891) Homepage Journal

    Yes, they exist independent of the Internet, but damn, I've grown to hate these terms:

    1. Viagra
    2. Adobe Creative Suite 3
    3. Greetings, I am ...
    4. Credit
    5. 0EM Softwares
    6. Watch this stock
    7. Allume Systems - A Smith Micro Company
    8. Auto CAD
    9. Weight loss
    10. Bank
  • needless prefixing (Score:5, Interesting)

    by timmarhy ( 659436 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @01:25AM (#19604925)
    first it was e-this and e-that and now it's i-everything. fucking annoying people
  • Netizen (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Count Porkula ( 1113741 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @01:48AM (#19605067)
    God I hate the word "netizen". And of course "netiquette" is right behind it. Blog is irritating, too. People who are nobodys who whine about no one ever visiting their blog is also pretty annoying. (yes, I am happy to admit I'm a nobody and I don't have a blog!) :) --- also annoying
  • by DavidD_CA ( 750156 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @01:57AM (#19605099) Homepage
    The term "blook" made the list... which is weird because I've never even heard that word before. A look at Google generated only 300,000 hits. Some of the others I tried had well over a million hits. How could a word in so little usage be so hated?

    Then I looked again at the article. The organization who commissioned the survey is called "The Lulu Blooker Prize". The parent organization, Lulu, apparently helps authors sell books as well as "blooks".

    My gut feeling here is that the word "blook" barely existed until these guys came up with their business plan, fueled by a little marketing masked as a survey and spread around the internet as an amusing story.

    3. Profit
    • by Shohat ( 959481 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @02:57AM (#19605435) Homepage
      I have to agree here.
      I run several sites, blog, have a youtube channel and am a an active Wikipedian(now that's an annoying word) and generally am an annoying Web2.0 whore to most people. I also buy books online, read reviews, etc...
      Never if my fucking life have I heard of a blook. This is clearly a very well executed marketing stunt to promote the usage of the term blook, and the phenomena itself. Remember, that even silly ideas with microscopic demand (such as podcasts), once fueled with enough hype and publicity, and 3-5 analyst reviews claiming some start-up in that field is worth 100 million, can generate enough buzz for Google/Yahoo/MS to buy some of the Blook-platform-providing companies, just in case.
  • by VGPowerlord ( 621254 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @02:18AM (#19605243)
    I have a completely different list of words from the Internet that irritate me.

    For example, my list starts out with "u" and "r" and continues with other words that are caused by people being too lazy to type the extra few characters that real words contain.
  • Fanboi (Score:5, Insightful)

    by stewbacca ( 1033764 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @03:03AM (#19605463)
    Fanboi is my most hated. First, the lazy spelling... second, the misuse of the intention of the word. If I give PhD quality reserach findings about Topic X and some slashdot a$$hole has a different (and commonly incorrect) opinion, suddenly I'm a fanboi.

    Just because people like something, and they come to a forum to talk about it doesn't give some of you jerks the right to fling "fanboi" around. Same goes for Troll. I'm no troll (unless I'm playing WoW), but am often labeled as such for no apparent reason other than having a strong opinion backed with logical reasoning.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by 91degrees ( 207121 )
      If I give PhD quality reserach findings about Topic X and some slashdot a$$hole has a different (and commonly incorrect) opinion, suddenly I'm a fanboi.

      If it helps, this is a well known phenonemon [].
    • Re:Fanboi (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Aladrin ( 926209 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @07:15AM (#19606411)
      I would bet that most of the time you're called a troll is because of how you state the information, instead of what information you state. Using a lot of insults is the most common, but presenting things as totally one-sided will do it also.

      As for 'lazy spelling'... It's not. It's an additional deliberate insult. 'boi' is used to mean 'gay boy', so they are insulting your fanatical one-sidedness as well as calling you 'gay'. 'Fanboys' are simply fanatically one-sided.

      If you're giving 'PhD quality' information, you are probably also talking over their heads. If you sound like you are just spewing 'big words', they are going to think you are only trying to confuse them with made-up information. (It's a self protection mechanism. If they knew how stupid they were, they couldn't deal with life.) High-level logic is totally pointless with these people, and dumbing the logic down to a sufficient level is rarely going to be worth your time.

      Personally, I've just accepted the fact that there are more idiots than geniuses, and I've quit responding -at all- to the idiots. They really do just go away if you ignore them.
  • China Daily (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rob1980 ( 941751 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @04:10AM (#19605713)
    Wikipedia has it pegged as a publication run by the Communist party [], so it should occur as no surprise that words like "blog", "blogosphere", and "wiki", which suggest the dissemination of information, are going to be on the list.
  • by Archtech ( 159117 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @05:18AM (#19606011)
    Rather like the carbon and nitrogen cycles, there is a continuous process whereby experts in given domains coin new jargon terms. They do this because the terms are needed. Blog, folksonomy, and so on... all useful, meaningful, crisply denoting ideas that otherwise would have to be laboriously explained using several words (or even several sentences).

    People outside the charmed circle of that specific domain of expertise react in diverse ways. Most totally ignore the alien jargon - quite rightly, too. I don't worry about Chinese usage, for the simple reason that I don't live in China and don't speak any Chinese. In short, it's none of my business.

    Some others love to plunder specialist terms from other people's domains. IT is a classic case in point: think of all the words and phrases, from "interface" to "ping", "access", and "download", that have crept into everyday discourse. Like a jackdaw stealing shiny objects to decorate its nest, many people seem to feel that larding their conversation with these clever-sounding terms will gain them more respect. Of course, they usually misunderstand the jargon they borrow, and thus use it incorrectly. Often enough, this incorrect usage then becomes standard, by sheer weight of numbers.

    A third group react to other people's jargon by resenting and condemning it. They typically complain that the language is being polluted and degraded, failing to understand that the many sets of specialist jargon are like optional extensions to the basic language. As the waiter says in the old cartoon, "Eef you don' like heem, don' eat heem".
  • by master_p ( 608214 ) on Friday June 22, 2007 @05:55AM (#19606149)
    ...simply because it's a marketing term with no connection to technology.

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