Bluetooth, Wi-Fi…..How These Terms Were Born?

Certain terms, which were once part of technical jargon, have taken place in our normal vocabulary. Ever wonder how these terms originated?  You will be surprised to find out the facts behind it.

  • Bluetooth – Bluetooth comes from the name of an ancient Danish king called Harald Bluetooth. What’s significant about King Bluetooth is that he united different regions and allowed them to communicate with each other.

 

  • Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi, as it turns out, doesn’t stand for anything. Phil Belanger, a founding member of the Wi-Fi Alliance, has gone on the record as saying the term was nothing more than a catchy word created by a brand consulting firm.

 

  • Troll – While the imagery of a goblin-like cave monster seems awfully apt, there’s actually more to the term than meets the eye. The word “troll,” you see, is also a verb meaning “to fish by trailing a lure or baited hook from a moving boat.”

 

  • Wiki – Credit for the first wiki is commonly given to a guy named Ward Cunningham, who came up with a site called WikiWikiWeb. Ward was wooed by the word wiki when he traveled to Hawaii, where he saw a “wiki wiki bus”. “Wiki” means “quick” in Hawaiian.

 

  • Ping – Ping, in its current form, traces back to a Unix-based network administration tool created in the early 80s. The program sends a data packet to a network-connected computer and then measures how long it takes for the system to respond.

 

  • Spam – Spam, according to most popular accounts, comes not from the questionable canned meat but rather from a 70s-era Monty Python sketch.

 

  • Cookie – The most common explanation suggests the term comes from Unix. In Unix, a “magic cookie” refers to a chunk of data that’s passed between two programs.

 

  • Bug – In 1946, Grace Hooper joined Harvard, where she traced an error in the computer due to a moth trapped in it. This bug was carefully removed, the word ‘bug’ is still being used to describe defects.

 

  • Hotmail – Its founder tried all kinds of names ending with “mail”. Later he chose “Hotmail”, as it contains all the letters “HTML” – the markup language used to write web pages.

 

  • Java – “Java” was selected from a list of suggestions, primarily because it is a popular slang term for coffee, especially that grown on the island of Java. As the programmers drank a lot of coffee, this seemed an appropriate name.

 

  • Python – Named after the television series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.

 

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