When the Web lingo was new

It’s amazing how new words and expressions get assimilated by language in the Internet age, to the point where a word that is new one year is commonly and globally used the next. I found this article called "When the Web was New" absolutely fascinating. It was written in 1995 and I love the way the author tentatively uses the vocabulary linked to this new beast; although some are familiar words ("page", "link", "window"), they have been hijacked to designate unusual referents, very new to him, and he’s not entirely comfortable with them yet. He now warns his readers with: "Please read this with a forgiving eye. Some of the locutions I used to describe basic Web concepts are laughably baroque — but at the time, remember, the vocabulary that we all know by heart today didn’t exist."
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I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.