CookiesEver since the Internet took off, there’s a whole new set of words that we’ve had to add to our vocabularies so that we understand what’s being said. For example, you go to a web page and receive the following error message:

  • “Not accepting cookies.”

For someone who only knows cookies as a sweet round shaped treat, this error message will leave them scratching their heads. For those of us who understand Internet lingo, we know that a cookie is a small piece of data sent from a web server to a web browser, and stored locally on a user’s machine. Simple, right?

Recently, Britain’s were polled and asked what they thought were the most irritating words to come from the Internet that would cause them to want to bang their heads on a keyboard. As you can imagine, there were a whole slew of words. Here are the top ones that made the list:

  • Folksonomy
  • Blogosphere
  • Blog
  • Netiquette
  • Blook

Other words like cookie and wiki also made the list. Now I have to admit, I haven’t really seen the words folksonomy or blook thrown around too much, but they must be common if they were included on the list. Folksonomy is defined as a web classification system, and a blook is defined as a book based on a blog.

These words are used so much that even dictionaries have considered adding them. In fact, Collins English Dictionary has gone as far as including some of the words “inspired by cyberspace” with their ninth edition of their dictionary. Cyberspace itself could even be added.

For someone who is new to the Internet, the new lingo and acronyms are enough to keep them from coming back for more. I’ve gotten used to most of the terms and acronyms, but are there any that just drive you crazy?

Source: Marketing Pilgrim

There Are 8 Comments

  1. One of the pre-screen intreview questions with was “What is a cookie?”

  2. That’s funny Al…. I wonder if anybody answered it as “something I eat.” Any other questions that stood out?

  3. The one that tripped me up was “What does it mean to host a web site?” One of those I knew what it was but not how to explain it.

  4. Al wrote:
    The one that tripped me up was “What does it mean to host a web site?” One of those I knew what it was but not how to explain it.

    Ha, after reading that I was wondering what was so hard about that. Then I started to think about explaining it and the words escaped me.

  5. I know, and they asked me that in the acutal in-perosn interview which up to that point had been going well. I don’t even recall how I ended up answering it. :?

  6. I wonder what the optimal response would be from their point of view? I was thinking “a remote computer that contains the files for your website” but I’m not sure if that describes it the best.

  7. Well, I wondered what the optimal score was on that assessment I took, had to been low. We both passed and got interviews (don’t know if they made her an offer or not, might find out Wednesday if she is at the orientation).

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