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How tech terms got their names

The wierd and the wonderful

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Tech terms can be funny things. Think about it: What does "Bluetooth" actually mean? Why do we call a piece of code that tracks us a "cookie"? And what for the love of GOOG is a "wiki"?

So where did some of the strangest-sounding tech terms come from, and how did they get their unusual names? Grab yourself a cookie -- the sugar- and-flour kind, that is -- and let's seek out some answers.

This slideshow is based on the ITworld article "The true stories behind tech's strangest terms."



According to 2006 Bluetooth Hall of Fame inductee Jim Kardach, "Bluetooth" comes from the name of an ancient Danish king who went by the moniker Harald Bluetooth. And no, King B wasn't actually Papa Smurf in disguise. Legend has it the dude just really loved blueberries and got his name because of his ever-so-sexy fruit-stained teeth. What's significant about King Bluetooth, though, is that he united different regions and allowed them to communicate with each other. See where this is going? Despite marketing experts' best efforts to come up with a replacement name for Bluetooth, nothing else stuck.

  • Bluetooth
  • Troll
  • WiKi
  • Spam
  • Cookie



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