From Vikings to Richard Dawkins – The origins of common tech terms

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From Vikings to Richard Dawkins – The origins of common tech terms

Unfamiliar terminology is a common feature of modern tech and the Internet, and many of these terms have become second nature to users despite seemingly being nonsensical.

While some of these terms are self-explanatory, others come from unlikely sources that have nothing to do with the fields they are employed in.

Here are some well-known tech terms whose obscure etymologies might surprise you.
 

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For a while in early internet days (late 1990's) I recall 'meme' being used to refer to an 'idea', or the basic element of an idea - an idea building block. With everyone throwing 'memes' into the group, we could evolve new thinking.
 

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For a while in early internet days (late 1990's) I recall 'meme' being used to refer to an 'idea', or the basic element of an idea - an idea building block. With everyone throwing 'memes' into the group, we could evolve new thinking.
Maybe memo?
 

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I clearly remember the word "meme" being used in pre-internet era 80's. It seems Dawkin's "meme" became itself a bit of a "meme" among the social science/anthropology/pop psychology/etc writers during the 80's - I didn't know it was Dawkins who coined it, though.
 

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Come back and post it every week.
Maybe memo?
No. That is an old from the past used to CYA.

I looked up Internet Meme in Wikipedia (history): "The word meme was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene as an attempt to explain the way cultural information spreads; the concept of the Internet meme was first proposed by Mike Godwin in the June 1993 issue of Wired." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_meme
 
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