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Netymology: From Apps to Zombies - A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World

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Hardcover, 301 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Quercus Books
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Paul
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2015
The modern age is full of jargon, and the world of computers and the internet is no exception. In this book Chatfield gives us a reasonably comprehensive list of words, along with examples, an explanation and sometimes a little history on each word and phrase.

This is along the lines of other books that seek to clear the air and mystery behind the words that people use in their profession. But unlike, Who Touched Base in My Thought Shower, a book on office jargon, this is not written with humour
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Mira Yunus
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is a special treat for the people who appreciate one good linguistic trivia after another!
Chelsea
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
barely there, but it's bearable. the kind of book that doesn't need any hard effort in finishing it!
Anetq
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
For those of us who love languages almost as much as we love the internet, this is a lovely stroll through the lingo of the internet and the origins of the words we invented or re-appropriated to describe new phenomenon, culture and behaviours in the digital world. And for meatspace, the non-digital world where the sneakernet is sometimes faster than teh interwebs. If you ever wondered where those words came from, what makes someone hikikomori or who the patron saint of the internet is, wait no ...more
Clare
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This book wasn't bad, I just wish the author had decided between an A-Z list and a history of digital language! Much of what I read seemed to be puffed up encyclopaedia entries, and the rest read as introductions to long chapters on a particular topic. This made reading quite frustrating as terms were not succinctly defined and their origins were not expanded on sufficiently.

In conclusion: nice idea, liked the facts, confused execution.
Hannah
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Linguistics is a study that I find particularly fascinating (I major in it in college) so this book is right up my alley. Unfortunately, some of the entries had less to do with etymology as the title suggested and more to do with how media was used to make a particular word popular. However it was still cool to see where a lot of our modern words come from.
Snoakes
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating stuff - perfect for reading in small chunks. I've been dipping in to it for a while now and I'm quite sad it's finished.
If you are of the geeky persuasion and you like The Etymologicon, then this is for you
Deirdre
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Paper version needs an index

Reminded me of a lot of my computer history.

I would love to get a lot of my co-workers to read this so they realise that I'm not making these terms up.
Erin
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Quick fun read. Interesting to see where different words we use all the time come from.
Lindindin
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
This has a lot of interesting info, but is just too bitty for me - it reads like a collection of newspaper columns rather than a coherent book.
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Dr Tom Chatfield is a British writer, broadcaster and tech philosopher. Toms books exploring digital culturemost recently "Critical Thinking" (SAGE Publishing) and "Live This Book!" (Penguin)have appeared in over two dozen countries and languages. He's currently writing a series of thrillers for Hodder set in the world of the dark net. ...more

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