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Why are web browsers browsers, but I am a surfer?

What is the origin of the name of a program being used to access the Internet is a browser, but a human looking around on the internet is surfing? Why is there this discrepancy?
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Window shopping - shop with the eyes only -Is the term applicable to online browsing (shopping) too

"Window shopping" is used for a consumer who has no intent to purchase and I believe the term originated well before shopping became accessible online. Is there a different term for ...
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Similar to “burning a hole in my pocket” but for www shopping cart?

I like this: "Got three dollars burning a hole in my pocket". Are there other expressions or phrases with similar meaning? Actually, I want to know what the creative English speakers will write ...
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Can I use TL;DR in a formal email? [closed]

I've seen the internet slang TL;DR many times in the internet, and as I can see people used it pretty much in the present day. Can I use it in a formal email to a client?
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Do people pluralize “WiFi” with an “s”?

I'm in a friendly argument with a supervisor about this one, and I'd like some data: Does one say "WiFis" when referring to multiple WiFi networks, or does one say "WiFi"? I suppose alternately, one ...
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introducing a good and comprehensive source in structure? [closed]

I need a good and all-around book in the field of structure of English language. Needless to say, I have read books such as ESS or English sentence structure, and some other books. Can anyone provided ...
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Origin of “Arachnoleptic fit”

In various websites on the Internet, including http://www.joke-archives.com/dictionaries/dictionarywords.html, I've come across the phrase Arachnoleptic fit. Apparently all the words in that set ...
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Citation of internet webpages that have limited lifetimes [closed]

Some websites, especially news websites, either leave up content for limited periods, or archive content after a few days and charge readers to access their archives. It seems to me that citations in ...
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Nouns constructed out of an adjective and a suffix? [closed]

I experienced a bit of interesting language-building this past weekend. A post about "subtle -isms" (i.e. subtle sexism, subtle racism, etc.) had various commenters who used the phrase "subtle-ism" ...
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A proper closing expression for informal email

What is an expression that you can use at the end of an informal email, when you forgot something and want to add it to the email after your signature?
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Is there any difference between a 'Web slide Show' and a 'Carousel'? [closed]

Are Web slideshows and carousels the same thing? If not, what is the difference? For Web slideshow, I mean HTML image galleries like: Flexslider by WooThemes Nivo Slider™ Juicebox
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Does etymology have a word like cladistics?

A recent question on EL&U about a current hip-hop expression led my research into a meme that is evolving faster than drosophila. This expression and its variants have gone viral on internet ...
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Name for a website page with all kind of posts mixed

Imagine a website with many kinds of posts: announcement posts, offer posts, question posts etc. For each kind of post there could be a page listing them. How would you call a page that lists all the ...
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Correct spelling and/or hyphenation for electronic commerce

What is the correct spelling and/or hyphenation for the abbreviation of electronic commerce? I have seen the following variations. eCommerce E-Commerce ECommerce E-commerce
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Pronunciation of subreddit names

I'm unsure of how to pronounce subreddit names in casual conversation without preface. I read /r/funny mentally as "R funny", but this doesn't always work in conversation, especially with acronym ...
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Smileys inside or outside quotation marks?

Should smiley be merged into quotation marks as if it were punctuation? I don't like to "move it, move it ;-)." cf. Did she say "you shall?" Or be kept outside quotation marks, as a word? ...
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Where does the word (magic) cookie come from? [closed]

Who named the file that websites can place on your computer for, for example advertising, and what is the connection with cookie as a food?
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What's the etymology of spam when talking about bulk unsolicited messages?

What does spam stand for, when talking about unsolicited (mostly advertisement) messages? The nearest possibility I found was "Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages" but it seems like too colorful to be ...
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What are the casual words that helps to express yourself in Internet chat [closed]

English is the second language for most of us. So when we chat in the internet, sometime our wordings looks more formal and not interesting. But I found when I chat with native English Guys, they uses ...
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Who invented “dooblidoo”?

The word dooblidoo is used by several different youtube channels as a different word for the youtube description bar. I've seen it used by the vlogbrothers and by PBS Idea Cahnnel. Who was first to ...
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Does the term “page responsible” make any sense in English?

Each page on my organizations web site is assigned a person that takes responsibility for the content of that page. E.g. in the page footer Page Responsible: John Doe The current term used to ...
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Using 'Good Morning' in e-mails, fora, etc [duplicate]

Good Morning English experts! I'm confused about using the salutations such as above. I know 'Good Morning' should be used before noon, and then 'Good Afternoon', and 'Good Day' is considered ...
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opposite of 'via'?

On the internet, you might have seen a lot of "via:xxx" links. But the originating site never seems to mention which sites has it been linked on. If it were, to, what should it put? As an example, ...
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“I don't have internet” vs. “I don't have the internet”?

When there is no WI-Fi or internet connection, people usually say I don't have internet. However, I heard someone saying I don't have the internet. which sounds funny to me. I would ...
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What is the proper way to refer to the Original Poster (OP)?

In a Stack Exchange comment, I was corrected by referring to a user named alice as a "he". I said (context): I know he thinks he needs all of the eigenvalues, but I've learned that ... and was ...
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Category name for “Other fun stuff” vs “Other serious stuff”

On my website, I currently have seven categories. Games Art Music Video Text Other Misc "Other" is for other things that are fun, like games, art, music, video, and text. For example, a fireworks ...
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When did “creep” get associated with computer controlled units in games?

I first saw this term in use for neutral units in Warcraft 3 (released 2002), and then that got carried through derivatives such as Dota (2003). Was Warcraft 3 the first time creep was used as a ...
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What is the correct way to format an author's name in an APA citation when only a username is known? [closed]

I am trying to cite the image at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shoe-parts-en.svg. However, how would I cite the autors/contributors, since I don't know their actual name. Do I just cite their ...
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“Home page” or “homepage”? [closed]

Is there a convention for the spelling of the name of the main page of a website? Should it be home page, with a space between the two words; or homepage, all one word?
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What is the correct way to refer to a web page that is part of the same website?

When referring to specific web pages that are part of the same website, should the name of the page be capitalized, put in quotation marks, or both? In other words, which of the following sentences ...
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“Download from” vs. “download off”

I usually download music off the web. I usually download music from the web. What is the difference in between off and from in these sentences? Which one is more suitable in this ...
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Etymology of “favourite” as a verb

The verb favourite or favorite (past tense favourited or favorited) is fairly new and isn't in many dictionaries. Two of the few are Oxford Dictionaries Online, who define it as: favourite verb ...
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Appropriate replacement of “nice to meet you” for online salutation?

I would like to use "nice to meet you" in an online email exchange but I feel that "meet" and "see" are not appropriate for online use. There is also a question about it. I have also read somewhere ...
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What is the origin of the “should of” instead of “should have” mistake? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How did the use of “could of” and “should of” originate, and is it considered correct? Recently, I tend to stumble a lot over the mistake that people write should of ...
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A word for moving from one website to another

Here's the situation: I browse Tumblr, and then I go to, let's say, Youtube. What is the word for the action? The noun? It's not conversion, or click-through, I just move from one website to another. ...
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Newspaper vocabulary for news positioning

I'm looking for a term that In Brazilian Portuguese we call "diagramming", which is used to characterize the work of positioning news in a newspaper, setting image places and text flow of a page. In ...
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How to describe the phenomenon of “small” people being ignored on the Internet

I live by Internet, as both a user and a developer. This dual role gives me a chance to observe. Every time I try to ask something in communities like StackOverflow, I always pick words carefully and ...
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“Multimedia” or “media” for menu name [closed]

I'm developing a website on which photos and videos will be shared. But I couldn't decide on the main menu name to use under which there will be two subcategories Photo Gallery and Videos. Which one ...
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IT-related synonym for “context” [closed]

I'm developing an application which has an "Event" system that basically allows application extensions to attach events to a certain "context". When the application reaches a context, it will fire ...
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Is there a Public Library that lends English Audiobooks? [closed]

In germany there are now a plethora of public libraries where I can borrow Audiobooks. I can search and download DRM protected files and can use them for a couple of days or weeks before they get ...
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Forum/s, Topics, Discussions and Posts [closed]

There are many internet forums out there and I am wondering which would be the most correct way to structure one's own forum. For example, many forums are stated as "Forums" (even more use the ...
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“Whn U Ck Me, U WL Fnd Me Sez da Lord.” in this picture (publicity)

Does the style (if it is) shown in the picture below have a particular name?
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What is the best term to categorize a lolcat image and text?

I've seen the captions described as a dialect, patois, "kitty pidgin" and language play which is well and good but doesn't get to the key visual aspect (silly/cute/adorable cats). Wikipedia offers ...
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What is the antonym of “digital native”? [closed]

A digital native is someone who has grown up with all the new technologies, like the Internet, and has no troubles adapting to new ones. Yet there is still are quite a few who never really got in ...
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meaning of “internetz” [closed]

What does internetz mean? I realize it's not a Real Official Word™, but what is its meaning when it is normally used? Urbandictionary has several competing definitions. The Google results are ...
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Does the word “troll” necessarily have negative connotations?

Does the word "troll" necessarily imply negative connotations? More specifically, can the word "troll"/"trolling" be legitimately used to describe a posting which is clearly made with intent of ...
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Meaning of “goodies” [closed]

I see the word goodies being used widely on the internet, but I can't construe its meaning clearly. Could you explain it thoroughly?
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Should I capitalize Twitter links? [closed]

Should I capitalize Twitter links? If yes and no, give examples of both. The direct example in question is the http://twitter.com/XonaGames bio. I could set it one of the following three ways. I have ...
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Is there a consensus usage to refer to the contents of linked text? [closed]

Everyone is familiar with what I am talking about though it's easiest to show by example: Three versions that differ only in how they refer to the linked-to document: The performance of each of ...
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Origin of the phrase “for the win”?

Just curious as to where "for the win" (commonly abbreviated FTW) originated?