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Media: BBC: 'Geek speak' confuses net users

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Media Body: BBC News, UK edition
Wednesday, 6 April, 2005

'Geek speak' confuses net users

The average home computer user is bamboozled by technology jargon which is
used to warn people about the most serious security threats online.

Many are often left vulnerable because they have no idea what they are
supposed to be protecting themselves against, a survey for AOL UK has found.

Confusing 'geek speak' used by experts and media included 'phishing',
'rogue dialler', 'Trojan' and 'spyware'.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4413155.stm

Karen Steffen Chung
http://ccms.ntu.edu.tw/~karchung/
http://lists.topica.com/lists/phonetics/
Issue Number: 16.1229
Date Posted: April 17, 2005

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