Words Don't Mean What They Meant Anymore

Here are some words which, when I use them nowadays, mean completely different things to what they originally meant. As a reminder to technical people out there, I'm providing the actual (or at least, my short cut definition made up on the spot) definition of these words, i.e., as normal people understand them.

Consider this a friendly service for normal conversation, as opposed to "nerd speak". You're welcome.

  • WAR: armed conflict between two or more countries

  • EAR: natural hearing devices attached to both sides of head

  • JAR: container for drinkable fluids, e.g., milk

  • TAR: dark fluid substance that hardens roads

  • ZIP: device sown into pants for simplified access during bathroom visits

There are probably more, e.g., "mine" and "farm", both of which relate to hard work in the open air...


NET: A mesh of string, cord or rope.
MOUSE: A kind of rodent.
WEB: A spider's work.

Posted by guest on November 08, 2012 at 11:27 AM PST #

Java: a cup of coffee
Bean: an edible legume
Spring: the season after winter, or a flexible coil, or jump
Global: worldwide
Dialog: a conversation between two people
Wizard: Harry Potter
Window: something to look through in a house
Rich client: defense attorney's dream
Bug: something that crawls around

This is so much fun!

Posted by Gail on November 08, 2012 at 09:03 PM PST #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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