Grandma's Tales

July 6, 2007

Grammar – 35 Do you know the following words?

Filed under: Language — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 1:14 am

Are you familiar with these tech words spawned by the internet? Take the quiz:
netiquette, cookie, wiki, folksonomy, blook (that’s right!), me-media, godcast, blogoshere.
And here are the answers:
[1] netiquette: internet etiquette (ex: writing in upper case alone is a big no-no. It amounts to screaming).
[2] cookie: a file sent to a user’s computer after they visit a website
[3] wiki: a colloborative website edited by the users and contributors
[4] folksonomy: a word used for a web classification system
[5] blook: a book based on a blog or blogs
[6] me-media: a collective term used for personal content websites such as “Facebook”
[7] godcast: a religious service that has been converted into an MP3 format
People use these words all the time. Still, in a recent survey, a lot of internet users voted many of these words as extremely annoying. They found the word “folksonomy” particularly irritating. “I wince, shudder and want to bang my head on the keyboard when I come across the word,” one respondent wrote.
I can’t understand why people take this instant dislike to words. Words are letters strung together till you use them and give them meaning, right?
Do we associate some words with unpleasant memories and then every time we read it or hear it feel a shudder pass through us?
Do you have such “I hate it” words?



  1. Hey Ma’am,
    I hope you’re doing well. Long time since I read the blog and was puzzled that people have actually taken the effort to create such “E-words”. They are fantastically complicated! As far as the “I hate” words go,my friend says she hates the entire sms-lingo and every word that has been shortened into bare letters. As for me,I couldn’t find any word that I hated because at present English is the only solace I can find :).

    Comment by Karishma.D.Dodeja — July 6, 2007 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  2. I can’t stand “sporadically”, “ubiquitous” and “Hell, yeah!” They remind me of a Fat Iyer boy dropping words off his SAT list into weird sentences to impress girls, an annoying speaker who believed she was God’s gift to humanity and a testosterone filled rude teenager.

    Comment by Miss Contrary — July 6, 2007 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Karishma, beautifully said! I totally empathise with your “I hate SMS-ish” friend. I feel the same way when I can’t decipher the contraction!

    Hi Miss Contrary, so you go by who utters the words rather than the words themselves. “Unpleasant memories” as I said, right? And people who drop words (and names) to impress amuse me no end!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — July 7, 2007 @ 6:56 am | Reply

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