Questions about Internet-related English words and phrases.

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Secret origin of the dude = butthair meme

My daughter came back from Catechism today with an interesting spiritual fact. Apparently she was told that a dude is another name for butt hair. It's entry 17 or so on urban dictionary, dated 2006 ...
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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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Prepositions related to the Internet and computers

I am not a native speaker and prepositions are the part of speech that troubles me more. Checking different posts from the site I've learnt that you say: On the Internet / On a website In an email ...
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Origin of @name convention

When people refer to me on stackexchange websites they call me @broiyan. Where did this convention arise from? If it were taken from my email address, the @ symbol would be at the other end of my ...
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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 that ...
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Is there a term for the phenomenon of people becoming desensitized to the extraordinary due to having access to sites like YouTube?

It seems like we have heard a succinct term for this before, but we're having trouble putting our finger on it. The idea is that due to being able to see so many incredible things on sites like ...
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Is a server “in the Internet” or “on the Internet”

When talking about a server on/in the internet, which preposition would you use? In the question "In the Internet" vs. "on the Internet", it is recommended to [...] use "on". ...
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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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The meaning of 'take over' in this sentence

I've recently watched a youtube video where a person mentioned a phrase 'It's pretty much taken over my Instragram'. I think she meant 'The pictures are taken over.' I tried to find out all of the ...
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Is it acceptable to use “blog” to describe a blog post? [closed]

I've seen people, including people who write for a living, say they wrote "a blog" about this or that topic, when they obviously mean a specific post. I find this incredibly grating. Dictionaries ...
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Should the words “internet” and “web” be capitalized?

There seems to be some inconsistency on whether people capitalize the words internet and web (as in World Wide Web) as proper nouns. What is the official ruling on when or if these words should be ...
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When there is no item to display in your activity Section, What should I say?

"You have not performed any activity" OR "You have not performed any action" OR "There is no item in your activity tab" Any other suggestions are also welcome.
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Asking for confirmation when someone wants to change an upvote [closed]

I am building a user facing software. I want to ask for the user's confirmation if they really want to change their vote. For example: A user once upvoted a post and then he wants to downvote it. ...
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Houses vs. Homes for a website name? [closed]

I am opening a new website for a construction company, and I can’t decide between www.x5houses.com and www.x5homes.com. Which one is better? Does homes sound better? If so, how much better and why?
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Name and origin of writing with period after each word

It may be limited to the web ecosystem, but I've read a lot of those sentences lately, where each word is followed by a period. Examples: Oh. My. God. Best. Job. Ever. No. F***ing. Way. ...
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Define a term for a website user who does not have cookies activated [closed]

I'm looking for a term that describes a user of a website that has not enabled the cookies of that website. My initial though was new user, but an existing user could delete cookies if they wished, ...
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Colloquial meaning of a hashtag

Despite its primarily functional origins, the hash tag has broken out of its social media context and is a kind of colloquialism, usually intended as a joke, but utilized in just about any form of ...
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What does salt and slug mean in IT?

salt: For web developers, exposing your .git folder to the world is a novice mistake. It allows anyone to download your entire source code repository, which often includes database passwords, ...
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What single word encompasses all of a person's social media & Internet presence?

I'm looking for a single word that describes the Internet & Social media presence of a single entity. Their digital footprint, as it were.
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Is there a word to describe a person who's addicted to downloading stuff from Internet?

Well, that is exactly what I am :). I just can't stop myself from downloading stuff (usually electronic articles, say, PDFs). To be more precise, whenever I come across something that I think might ...
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Word or phrase for people butting in and taking a side in an online conversation?

The phenomenon is not dissimilar to this: Word for "butting in on the Net", yet it wouldn't necessarily be considered trolling. Person A replies to a comment/post by Person B on the ...
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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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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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Possible ways to pronounce an IPv6 address

When reading out IPv4 addresses, people typically say something like, "ten dot one dot seven" etc. This is pretty easy since "dot" is one syllable. How can IPv6 addresses be pronounced? Saying "colon" ...
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What does the word “lurn” mean?

Is the word "lurn" in the phrase "It's time to lurn together" just an intentional misspelling of "learn" or does it have another meaning here? http://beckyandjoes.com/kickstarter/
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“greater”, or “greater than”, in a dropdown?

This is more a matter of usage and common sense than anything, but I'm faced with the following problem. I have a dropdown with things like greater, equal, between, and then a field where numbers can ...
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Publishing a website online: What verb is most natural?

What is the most natural verb to use for the equivalent of "publishing" a website online? Create a website Launch a website Open a website Start a website
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Name of the quality of the bad sound that you have in Skype

When you talk through the internet by using some programs like Skype or Hangout, the quality of the sound may not be good. What is the name of that quality? There are some idea in my mind, but I don't ...
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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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What do you call someone who is addicted to a Q&A website?

I was looking for a term for someone who is addicted to a Q&A website but I came up with general terms like nethead, cybernaut, netizen, internet addict etc. You can think of adjectives like ...
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What is the origin of ZOMG?

I have looked in a number of places, with contradicting results. The Urban Dictionary provides a whopping 73 "explanations", of which I will quote just a few. (Original spelling and punctuation ...
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What did “google” mean in the 1900s?

I know that Google got its name from the word googol (10100), and that Google/google referring the search engine/using the search engine are recent additions to the dictionary. Their definitions are ...
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What is the pronunciation of “ttiwdty”?

ttiwdty Not an initialism AFAIK (as far as I know) but an acronym like LASER and NATO. It's apparently trending on Urban Dictionary, although the down-votes outnumber the up-votes. It stands for The ...
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Why is “like” as in Facebook likes often put between quotes?

I often see people use the noun with quotes: We have received a lot of "likes." rather than: We have received a lot of likes. Why is this done?
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What do you call a Q&A user who posts a question but never checks back?

I have searched for a term that describes users who post questions and then disappear without trace. These users will post and write their questions in a great flurry, sometimes ignoring the basic ...
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What does 'TL;DR' mean and how is it used?

I do my best, at my advanced age, to come to grips with the apparent acceptability of such widely used words/expressions/abbreviations as lol/LOL, IMHO, AFAIK, etc. However, TLDR/tl;dr defeats me. ...
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Differenciate between instant and at your convenience messaging

Consider two cases Case 1: Two peoples are online and both are free. They are doing nothing other than chatting with each-other. So both of them are replying within few seconds. After chatting for ...
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What is the correct name for posts made on twitter?

Well, I honestly tried to search for this but I drowned in twit* and tweet* results. Should I write: "my tweet" or "my twit"? "I am tweetting" or "I am twitting" ("to twit" vs. "to tweet")? ...
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social media platform vs. social media venue

What would be the correct or most appropriate word for each social media form (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Blog, etc.) Social media platform? Social media venue? Social media account? "Among multiple ...
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A title or descriptive phrase for someone who likes to share

I'm building a mobile app that has a series of achievements that may be awarded based on the users interaction. The app itself is an easter egg hunt. One of the achievements is for sharing (via ...
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Referring a particular website, should I use the noun adjunct or the genitive/possessive?

I'm wondering if there are any guidelines about using the noun adjunct or the possessive with a website and a company. Should I write: go to the Twitter website or go to Twitter's website? AFAIK ...
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Why does Facebook have “like's” instead of “like”s?

I'm not a native English speaker, so I'm sorry if this is obvious but I can't find an explanation. Why are "like"s usually referred to as like's on Facebook? (You can see many instances here.) To ...
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Can I say “subscribe by Facebook/Twitter”?

I have a website. I have 5 subscription options in my site. As of now my titles displayed like this: subscribe by email subscribe by rss subscribe using facebook subscribe using twitter subscribe ...
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Should it be an “unlike” or “dislike” button on Facebook?

I see an increasing demand for an unlike button on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Unlike-Button/72641866357 Facebook Adds An Unlike Button For Pages May 7, 2010 Facebook "Unlike" ...
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Is it “on Facebook“ or “in Facebook“?

For preposition of places, should Facebook, an internet space, be used as in or on? E.g. Find us in Facebook.
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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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How to pronounce @[name] on Twitter?

@ is usually pronounced as "at", but it seems @ is a verb when it means Twitter somebody, like: @Tom for more information. Tweet Tom for more information. Contact Tom for more information. ...
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Is “tweet” a proper verb now?

So I know that in modern English, the word "google" is considered a proper verb now. Can the same be said for the word "tweet" (i.e. to post a 140-char message to Twitter)?
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When someone says “that explanation was a lot of hand-waving” what does this mean?

I've been hearing term "hand-waving" thrown around a lot, especially when my peers describe their CS(computer science) classes. Does anyone know what that term means in this context? (also a little ...
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How to best include an introductory phrase before getting to the point? [closed]

This question may seem too large in scope from the title, but here's the preface to the answer I seek. I need to inform my hiring manager (HM) that I have served my last day with my current ...