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Which word means 'anointing rite'?


A Brief History of Cyber-speak


By Christine Lovatt

We’ve become so familiar with email and internet that it’s hard to imagine life BC (Before Computers), when written communication was restricted to snail mail and fax. In fact, young people would have no memory of those days, because by the end of the 1990s, millions of people were using the internet.

E-mail was first though – it started in 1965 as a way for multiple users of a time-sharing mainframe computer to communicate.

The internet system was developed and ready in the late 1980s, but the Cold War held up the progress. When it ended in 1992, the internet slowly became mainstream. By the end of the decade, millions were using it for business, education and pleasure.

Luckily, most computer words are easy to learn, and different languages have similar terms.  For example, the German word for computer is computer, in Spanish it is computadora and in Japanese it’s konpyuta.

To say we’ve become dependent on electronic wares is putting it mildly. As science fiction writer Isaac Asimov put it: “I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.”

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