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Decade’s most confusing tech buzzwords

india Updated: Mar 23, 2010 13:49 IST

These are no tongue-twisters but HTTP, plasma, iPod and Nano are among the most confusing high-tech buzzwords of this decade.

Language analyst Global Language Monitor (GLM) has released a list of most confusing high tech buzzwords of the decade (2000-2009) in conjunction with the the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference held recently in Austin, Texas.

The conference saw five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology besides scores of exciting networking events.

The most confusing acronym for the decade was SOA (Service Oriented Architecture). “The SXSW has long been a harbinger for future directions in popular culture,” said Paul J J Payack, GLM’s chief word analyst, adding, “The words we use in high technology continue to become even more obtuse even as they move out of the realm of jargon into the language at large.”

The 25 buzzwords are — HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol); Flash (as in Flash memory); God Particle (the Higgs boson, thought to account for mass); Cloud Computing (distributing or accessing programs and services across the Internet); Plasma (as in plasma TV); iPod; Megapixel, Nano (anything small as in nanotechnology). Resonate, Virtualisation, Solution, Cookie, Robust, Emoticon, De-duping, Green washing, Buzzword Compliant, Petaflop, Hadron, Large Hadron Collider, Versioning, VoIP, Web 2.0, Word Clouds and WORM.