April 05, 2004

Circolwyrde Wordhord

From Carl Berkhout's "glossary, which ... is intended for Anglo-Saxonists and other speakers of English for whom the language of the computer world has become alien and largely incomprehensible" you can learn that "relational database management" is nothing but plain old cneomæglicgifhordonweald, while "file transfer protocol" is just dælgewrixlendebyrdnes.

However, the lexicographer's job is never done, so you'll search Carl's wordhord in vain for the new coinages in Veen's IA Jargon Watch, of which my favorite is S2BU. I get those a lot, and never knew what they were called in the trade.

[Wordhord via Emerging Communications]

Posted by Mark Liberman at April 5, 2004 06:32 AM