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Tech terms for daily use

By Christian Abe Garcia

Technology has a big impact on almost everyone. It changed the way we do things — it made our chores, our work, and even our homework a lot easier. Not only did technology improve our lives; but it also made way to a number of new terms and words that we now commonly use. Truly, technology is remarkably powerful and influential.  Here are 8 of the most popular internet slang terms that we now often use in our daily conversations.

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1.  Google

This is probably the most popular tech term today.  The word “Google”, the name of the company specializing in several internet services, one of them being their famous search engine, is now used to replace the word “search” or the phrase “to look for”. So, if you ask someone what’s the meaning of “Google”, they would most probably tell you to “Just google it.”

2. Photoshopped

Commonly used particularly for “allegedly edited” magazine covers of models and celebrities, the word “photoshopped” is used if something seems unrealistic; like the proportions of a human body in a photo, or animals, plants, and objects that are visibly out of place in photos or even videos. “Photoshopped” originated from the editing software called Adobe Photoshop, wherein you can edit, crop, filter, cut, or digitally manipulate a photo to your liking. Most people use this to criticize cover girls in magazines because of the fact that the photographer could have used Adobe Photoshop to make the cover girl more “appealing” to the readers.

3. 404

Tech enthusiasts would probably know the phrase “Not Found 404”, especially if they are constantly on the internet. “Not Found 404” is basically an error message which indicates that the URL you typed in is not found on your internet’s server. In conversations, the term “404” is used by someone if he or she is clueless about something. If you ask people about something they’re not familiar with, some of them would probably answer, “I don’t know, I’m 404 about that.”

4. Cached out

“Cached out”, which means being very tired or exhausted, came from the word “cache”, which is a component in computing that does data storage for future use.   For example, if you go to a particular website for the second time in your web browser, you would notice that loading would be faster compared to your first visit to the website.  This is so because it already has stored an amount of the website’s data into your computer.  Using the word “cached out” most likely means that someone has already lost a lot of energy that they move slowly, similar to how slow web browsers run without cache.

5. Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term used to describe a system of devices that has an ability to transfer data to a network. It tells us that almost any device, including household appliances and vehicles, can now be connected and controlled through the internet. The Internet of Things is said to bring the Digital Age into its most proficient form. Everything can now be easily controlled through an internet connection, ensuring a faster and more efficient way of living.

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6. Spam

While most Filipinos refer to SPAM as luncheon meat, spam in the digital world would be about emails or messages. The association of the word “spam” to bogus emails and messages originally came from a British comedy show called “Monty Python”.  In a skit, they kept repeating the word “spam” that a customer got very annoyed.  And so the audiences and fans of the show related how the customer felt annoyed to how the feeling of annoyance when receiving a lot of bogus emails. The word “spam” is now also used if someone is annoyed at a person who keeps repeating his or her words. It was first the name of a brand, then it became a tech term, and now the tech term became a common expression.

7. Multitasking

Most often used to describe someone who does a lot of things at the same time, “multitasking” came from the word “multiprocessing”.   This means that a computer runs more than one software application simultaneously.  The use of the word could even be interpreted as to how humans, especially the younger generation, are now closer to being like computers because they share the same ability of multitasking without pressure.  Incidentally, most moms are experts on this skill too.

8. Ping

PING (in all capital letters) is a term used for an Internet program that determines whether an IP Address (a set of numbers designated for connecting computers to the internet) has internet connection. PING (which stands for Packet Internet Groper) sends a “packet” or a message to the IP Address, and if it receives a reply, then that IP Address has an internet connection. In common expressions, “ping” (not written in all capital letters) is used as a word to call attention to someone. It relates to “PING” because of how similar they are in function; they are both calling for attention (from a person or an IP Address), and they are also expecting a reply from the receivers.