One of the unique things about language is how a word or phrase can be used frequently, but none of us is aware of the origin of that word. Now in the post-modern era, more and more terms related to technology are used by people at various levels. We are certainly no stranger to the term of meme, blog, or internet of things that often milling about in various news. But have we ever wondered how these terms could be created until they finally became popular? Quoted from the Entrepreneurial page along with a story about the origin of several popular technology terms:
If you know the term bug as a computer technical problem, you should thank Thomas Alfa Edison and the US Navy Army Admiral Grace Hopper. Edison used this term in correspondence when designing the telephone in 1878. Whereas Hopper was the inventor of electronic computers in the era of the 1940s. Hopper is believed to be the person who popularized the term bug when he found a moth (bug) trapped in his computer prototype.
If you are a TripAdvisor user or Yelp to find lodging or restaurants, that means you are enjoying the results of crowdsourcing. The term crowdsourcing was first born in 2006 in an article at Wired written by Jeff Howe. Crowdsourcing is the term to describe the process of getting a job or funding from a large group of people in the online domain.
In 1997 a writer named Jorn Barger created a site where he shared links with readers. The site he named Robot Wisdom WebLog. WebLog stands for logging the web. Entering 1999, Peter Merholz who is a programmer summarizes the term used by Barger to become a blog. Since then the term blog has become increasingly popular.
Almost every day we see memes on various social media platforms. Even though the term meme is not actually born from the realm of technology. The meme is a term that correlates with science. It was Richard Dawkins, a British biologist at Oxford University, who introduced the term. He introduced the term meme in his book The Selfish Gene which was published in 1976. He uses the word meme to describe how trends and practices occur and are increasingly popular.