10 ’90s Internet Terms You Probably Never Even Heard of ’til This Moment
At least you’ve actually heard ’90s slang phrases like these before. These 10 Internet terms from the 1990s didn’t catch on at all:
1. Applet — A very small application, especially a utility program performing one or a few simple functions.
2. Cypherpunk — A person who uses encryption when accessing a computer network in order to ensure privacy, especially from government authorities.
3. Digerati — People with expertise or professional involvement in information technology.
4. E-Tailing — The sale of goods and services through the Internet; can include business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales. Short for electronic retailing.
5. Flying Mouse — A mouse that can be lifted from the desk and used in three dimensions.
6. Hunt and Peck — Denoting or using an inexpert form of typing in which only one or two fingers are used.
7. Infobahn — A high-speed computer network, especially the Internet.
8. Mouse Potato — A person who spends large amounts of time operating a computer. (Think “couch potato,” but instead of watching TV, it’s someone who surfs the net.)
9. Nerkish — Nerd + jerkish.
10. Phreaking — The action of hacking into telecommunications systems, especially to obtain free calls.