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LINGUIST List 16.1229

Mon Apr 18 2005

Media: BBC: 'Geek speak' confuses net users

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        1.    Karen Chung, BBC: 'Geek speak' confuses net users

Message 1: BBC: 'Geek speak' confuses net users
Date: 17-Apr-2005
From: Karen Chung <karchungntu.edu.tw>
Subject: BBC: 'Geek speak' confuses net users

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'.


Karen Steffen Chung

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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