What does the word “Wiki” mean?

Often computer technical words are abbreviations of computer technical words other: LAN is Local Area Network to VOIP is Voice Over Internet Protocol etc.

I’m happy to discover that the word Wiki has no dry origin so hard.  The word Wiki (according to “Wiki”pedia) is not an abbreviation but comes from the Hawaiian word for “fast”. An American named Ward Cunningham finished programming a new information sharing system in which users can create new pages or edit each other’s old pages. Thus, the system will be updated faster than old information sharing systems, systems where people want to edit information on an existing page or Creating a new page requires sending comments to a manager waiting for that person to review and process.

Ward sees world-famous dictionaries and encyclopedias being updated too slow; Your electronic system will be much faster. When naming that system, Mr. Ward remembered a time when he went from one terminal to another at Honolulu Airport, the capital of Hawaii. An airport employee suggested that he quickly catch the Wiki Wiki bus, a multi-seat bus that runs regularly between the two terminals. So Wiki-Wiki-Web, the father of Wikileaks and Wikipedia, was born.

Some people think Mr. Ward chose that name to intentionally create a comparison – between the pages on our system, there is a certain back and forth of an electronic Wiki Wiki cart. Maybe so, but Mr. Ward himself said: “I chose wiki-wiki as an alliterative substitute for ‘quick’ and thereby avoid naming this stuff quick-web.” (“I chose wiki-wiki as a way to replace the word “quick” so I wouldn’t have to name my product “quick web”.) According to him, the name “quick-web” sounds too common. The fix is ​​to change the word “quick” to “wiki” from English to Hawaiian. 

That’s the appeal of foreign languages. In Vietnam there are also local services with English names such as fastpay maxi-talk etc. Americans find English too common. Vietnamese people find Vietnamese too common. Standing on this mountain and looking at that mountain.

I like stories like the ones above where names people often think have a professional origin but the truth is the opposite – the origin is very simple. You’ve probably seen the orange   “RSS” button appear on many websites (category Story 26 also exists). RSS is an abbreviation but does not stand for any majestic phrase. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syncication”. “Syndication” here means broadcasting news. “Really Simple” is “Extremely simple”. So RSS means “Extremely simple news broadcasting”. Users who want to update information from a website just need to press the RSS button and paste the link into browser software called RSS Reader. Once they’ve done that, they don’t need to return to that page to see if there are any new articles – the new articles will be sent right to their RSS Reader.

In the middle of the Chilean desert there is a very large telescope named is VLT. Interestingly, VLT means “Very Large Telescope”. In the near future, there will be an even larger telescope located right at that location. That’s ELT Extremely Large Telescope The telescope is extremely large.

Ordinary people, if they see the name WYSIWYG appearing on a computer forum, will certainly be shocked. They will be less shocked when they know that WYSIWYG means “What You See Is What You Get”, a concept that anyone can understand, whether they are farmers or excellent programmers. What about “you get what you see” in the context of information technology? For example, if you use WYSIWYG software to write a blog, it means that the blog when appearing in the “edit window” looks like the blog when appearing on the page. What you see is what you see.

English also has the opposite case – the phrase majestic becomes Folk abbreviations. There is a psychological disease called “Seasonal affective disorder”. “Affective disorder” is a neurological disorder. “Seasonal” is seasonal. Seasonal affective disorder or “SAD” (sad). Or the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving “Mothers protest against drunk driving” whose members are mainly mothers who lost their children due to the rash actions of drunk drivers. They were “MADD” very angry.

Back to Wiki names and majestic folk tales. Now the whole world knows the word Wiki as the majestic “something,” two syllables embedded in big concepts like the right to use information and freedom of speech.