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2013-10-14 05:45:40 PM
Dongle pre-dates the internet.
Also some of the words were around before the net, they have gained new context and meaning because of the ineternet.,
 
2013-10-14 05:53:56 PM
Trolling means the exact same thing now as it ever has.
 
2013-10-14 07:38:48 PM
"Meatspace".
 
2013-10-14 07:40:54 PM
WTF is "simples"?


Colostomy: Dongle pre-dates the internet.
Also some of the words were around before the net, they have gained new context and meaning because of the ineternet.,


This. Pretty sure the word "hits" has existed for quite some times.
 
2013-10-14 07:41:29 PM
Quite some time, even.
 
2013-10-14 07:54:16 PM
"Bieber"
 
2013-10-14 07:58:07 PM
Forever.
 
2013-10-14 07:59:58 PM
Yeah, many of those terms predate the Net
 
2013-10-14 08:14:37 PM

fusillade762: WTF is "simples"?



My question exactly.
 
2013-10-14 08:18:46 PM

Demetrius: fusillade762: WTF is "simples"?


My question exactly.


I didn't know either, but according to UD:
2. Simples
Used to suggest that something is particularly easy to comprehend or uncomplicated. Communicates a greater level of simplicity than its antecedent 'simple'.
Often used ironically after an especially convoluted/complex explanation of something.
Coined by Aleksandr Orlov, the meerkat of comparethemeerkat.com fame.
"A comfortable victory for Liverpool at Hull City had seen the Reds climb back to the Premier League summit, but only by virtue of goal difference. Therefore, United knew a point against European-chasing team Tottenham would be enough to send them back to the top. Simples."
- Andy Gray, Sky Sports News
 
2013-10-14 09:02:35 PM
Dial-up and modem existed long before the public internet. We used an acoustic modem connected to a teletype terminal to dial up the school computer for programming class back in the late 70's.
 
2013-10-14 09:04:59 PM
About a fifth of them are brand names, and a further quarter are terms that existed, with their present meanings, prior to the invention of the internet.
 
JW
2013-10-14 09:09:28 PM
infographic

wat
 
2013-10-14 09:12:41 PM
Some of those words shouldn't even exist.

"selfie"

Several of them were words long before the common man wandered onto Internet (but has a slightly different connotation when applied to the internet).

viral, dongle, modem, hyperlink

Some of them shouldn't even be considered 'words'.

3G, 4G

And some of them are trademarks or business names.

Kindle, eBay, LinkedIn, YouTube

// in short, this article is stupid, just like the other 50 or so similar articles we've seen over time.
 
2013-10-14 09:13:51 PM
Damn, I should have F5ed before posting.

// hell, if 3G is a word, then F5 should be on this list as well.
 
2013-10-14 09:15:02 PM
Is this the story where a british tabloid lists a bunch of words that were mostly around before the internet and the rest are brand names?
 
2013-10-14 09:17:18 PM
Cloud.

Are you serious?
 
2013-10-14 09:23:08 PM

JW: infographic

wat


jobmob.co.il
 
2013-10-14 09:23:38 PM

lordargent: Some of those words shouldn't even exist.

"selfie"

Several of them were words long before the common man wandered onto Internet (but has a slightly different connotation when applied to the internet).

viral, dongle, modem, hyperlink

Some of them shouldn't even be considered 'words'.

3G, 4G

And some of them are trademarks or business names.

Kindle, eBay, LinkedIn, YouTube

// in short, this article is stupid, just like the other 50 or so similar articles we've seen over time.


Heroin, aspirin, and zipper were trademarks once upon a time, too.
 
2013-10-14 09:30:19 PM
Sperglord.
 
2013-10-14 09:31:21 PM

Mad_Radhu: lordargent: Some of those words shouldn't even exist.

"selfie"

Several of them were words long before the common man wandered onto Internet (but has a slightly different connotation when applied to the internet).

viral, dongle, modem, hyperlink

Some of them shouldn't even be considered 'words'.

3G, 4G

And some of them are trademarks or business names.

Kindle, eBay, LinkedIn, YouTube

// in short, this article is stupid, just like the other 50 or so similar articles we've seen over time.

Heroin, aspirin, and zipper were trademarks once upon a time, too.


I don't think zipper was ever trademarked. And Aspirin is still trademarked in some countries.

Trademark

As part of war reparations specified in the 1919 Treaty of Versailles following Germany's surrender after World War I, Aspirin (along with heroin) lost its status as a registered trademark in France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, where it became a generic name. Today, aspirin is a generic word in Australia, France, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Jamaica, Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.[154] Aspirin, with a capital "A", remains a registered trademark of Bayer in Germany, Canada, Mexico, and in over 80 other countries, where the trademark is owned by Bayer, using acetylsalicylic acid in all markets, but using different packaging and physical aspects for each.
 
2013-10-14 09:46:59 PM
I had a viral dongle before it was cool
 
2013-10-14 09:57:15 PM
Hell, some of those words predate the modern world.

"Troll" (verb) means the same in the internet context as it has in fishing for a very long time.

Flash mobs have been around since looooong before the internet made it faster and easier for hipsters to hastily organise vaguely amusing stunts.

"Trend" has been a verb forever.

I believe William Gibson coined the term cyberspace in Neuromancer, long before the web as we knew it was commonly used by the public. (or is that a myth?)

Anyway. Saying they're "words the internet has given us" is a bit of a stretch.

Ok, a lot of a stretch. Or just a journalist's misinterpretation of the results of a survey. Tomayto, tomahto...
 
2013-10-14 09:57:39 PM
Blog/Blogger, Dotcom, Google, Facebook, (insert here any other corporate names): And without the Internet, there wouldn't be a need for them.

Trending, Dongle, Infographic, etc: Really?!

Etc. As usual for this type, this article is a whole bucket o' fail.
 
2013-10-14 10:07:57 PM

Veritas: Hell, some of those words predate the modern world.

"Troll" (verb) means the same in the internet context as it has in fishing for a very long time.

Flash mobs have been around since looooong before the internet made it faster and easier for hipsters to hastily organise vaguely amusing stunts.

"Trend" has been a verb forever.

I believe William Gibson coined the term cyberspace in Neuromancer, long before the web as we knew it was commonly used by the public. (or is that a myth?)

Anyway. Saying they're "words the internet has given us" is a bit of a stretch.

Ok, a lot of a stretch. Or just a journalist's misinterpretation of the results of a survey. Tomayto, tomahto...


Re Gibson, yup, and I want to kick him in the nads for creating that word. The prefix "cyber" properly has nothing to do with computing, unless used in the sense of a feedback control system.

Extra cockpunch for the Brit who invented the term "cybermen".
 
2013-10-14 10:16:03 PM
Infographics is not an "Internet word". Go home, stupid article writer.
 
2013-10-14 10:38:57 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Forever.


Best part...
 
2013-10-14 10:43:43 PM
My engineering mentor was a Bell labs alumni by the name of Chevie Crandall. He pronounced MODEM as MOdem. The term MODEM is a corruption of the words MOdulate - DEModulate. When I asked him why it wasn't pronounced MODem, he looked at me over those half cut off reading glasses and said "It's pronounced MOdem."

Yes sir, Mr. Crandall.
 
2013-10-14 10:44:08 PM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Extra cockpunch for the Brit who invented the term "cybermen".


Don't drag some poor dead Doctor Who writer from the '60s into this. "Cyber" comes from "cybernetic," which was around long before that.
 
2013-10-14 11:20:20 PM
Penis.
 
2013-10-14 11:29:56 PM

eatin' fetus: I had a viral dongle before it was cool


They have a shot for that now, I think. Check with your doctor.
 
2013-10-14 11:53:44 PM
List consists of internet brand names, words that existed before the internet, words that existed before the internet that got new meanings and a few words that are parts of the internet.

Slow news day. Looming deadline. Incompetent writer.
 
2013-10-14 11:58:58 PM
"Spam" wouldn't exist without the internet? Apparently Metro.co.uk forgot about a certain Monty Python skit...?

This is an absolutely horrid list. 70% of it is basically words that now mean something more than what they originally did, like "cloud".
 
2013-10-15 12:03:10 AM
List fails without haz.
 
2013-10-15 12:22:32 AM
Caturday?
 
2013-10-15 12:29:11 AM
olol teh intertubes!
 
2013-10-15 12:43:20 AM
Wait, no Al Gore?
 
2013-10-15 01:02:51 AM
Asshat.
 
2013-10-15 02:12:06 AM
Subby/author must be under 30. These are pre-internet words:

Email
Ethernet
Trending
Stream
Modem
Dongle
Antivirus
Online
Offline
Voucher code
 
2013-10-15 02:15:27 AM

neilbradley: Subby/author must be under 30. These are pre-internet words:

Email
Ethernet
Trending
Stream
Modem
Dongle
Antivirus
Online
Offline
Voucher code


Trolling.  Seriously, same meaning and everything, just used for different prey now,
 
2013-10-15 03:19:15 AM
www.spam.com
 
2013-10-15 04:28:11 AM
It's nice to know that when I plugged a modem into my Amiga in 1990 to go online to a BBS to download an antivirus and a cracked version of Robocop 3 that I could use without needing to plug in the dongle I wasn't actually doing any of it as it was still another year and a half before I actually used the Internet.
 
2013-10-15 05:31:31 AM
list also fails for not including the word "internet".
 
2013-10-15 05:49:16 AM

neilbradley: Subby/author must be under 30. These are pre-internet words:

Email
Ethernet
Trending
Stream
Modem
Dongle
Antivirus
Online
Offline
Voucher code


Creeper was done on ARPANet which the Internet evolved out of so tenuous at best so I think we have to give them that one.

But the list is still fail.
 
2013-10-15 05:55:31 AM

fusillade762: WTF is "simples"?


It's from a UK line of adverts for a car insurance comparison website called 'comparethemarket' they have created a range of Meercat mascots one of which has a Hot or Not style thing for other Meercats.  His catch phrase is 'simples'.

Also the list is pretty much bullshiat.  Anti-Virus has been around long before the Internet.
 
2013-10-15 07:25:57 AM
Larry Niven would like you to know that he wrote about "Flash Crowd"s in 1973...
 
2013-10-15 09:30:34 AM

Gordon Bennett: It's nice to know that when I plugged a modem into my Amiga in 1990 to go online to a BBS to download an antivirus and a cracked version of Robocop 3 that I could use without needing to plug in the dongle I wasn't actually doing any of it as it was still another year and a half before I actually used the Internet.


Ummmm...
 
2013-10-15 11:08:54 AM
am i alone in disliking the word 'app'?

i just hate it.  and it was one thing when it was limited to phones, but now the word has entered my computer and browser, and god knows what else.
 
2013-10-15 12:46:46 PM
I never heard of "goatse" before the Internet.

/and wish I hadn't after.
 
2013-10-15 02:50:18 PM

pute kisses like a man: am i alone in disliking the word 'app'?

i just hate it.  and it was one thing when it was limited to phones, but now the word has entered my computer and browser, and god knows what else.


Maybe you can find an app that replaces "app" with "application"?
 
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