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10 ’90s Internet Terms You Probably Never Even Heard of ’til This Moment

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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.

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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.



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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.

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10. Phreaking — The action of hacking into telecommunications systems, especially to obtain free calls.

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