Are you a n00b or a netizen?
Do you think a cookie is just something in your kitchen (or your tummy)? Would it surprise you to hear that phishing is an illegal activity? To you, is ‘browse history’ something you did during school when you were assigned more reading than you wanted to do?
Volumes have been written on the effects of the Internet on modern society, from rapidly increasing globalization to the brain developments of teenagers constantly on Facebook. Another result of the World Wide Web that will have lasting consequences is the language its users have created, from Internet acronyms to blend words combining concepts to technology terms describing things that simply didn’t exist in the days before e-mail. (Remember when there was no reason to call letters going through the postal service ‘snail mail‘?)
How well do you know your Internet words? Take our interactive vocabulary quiz to see whether you’re an Internet genius or a newbie.
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