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Technical Jargon 技术术语
[ 2006-10-18 08:00 ]

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No jargon at their fingertips
Every week millions of Britons use computers to access the internet but how many of them actually know their ipods from their IMs? Not many it seems.

A recent survey from Nielsen/ NetRatings – a global internet, media and market research company - shows that while the British are crazy about buying and owning new technology they're not so keen to keep up with the ever-changing jargon of 21st century technology.

According to Nielsen/NetRatings, people love having cutting-edge technology but often don't understand the terms that describe what their devices actually do.

For example, 40% of online Britons receive news feeds but 67% don't know that the official term for this service is Really Simple Syndication.

Terms like WiFi and PDA are still meaningless to more than 30% of the British public who regularly work or surf online.

Acronyms in particular bamboozle users. 75% of online Britons don't know that VOD stands for video-on-demand, while 68% are unaware that personal video recorders are more commonly referred to as PVRs.

Millions of people keep in touch via Instant Messaging but 57% of online Brits said they didn't know that the acronym for it was IM.

Alex Burmaster, an internet analyst with Nielsen/NetRatings commented "The technology industry is perhaps the most guilty of all industries when it comes to love of acronyms. There is a certain level of knowledge snobbery. If you talk in acronyms you sound like you really know what you are talking about and if others don't understand then they are seen in some way as inferior."

This study shows that many people don't completely understand much of the new technological jargon but things are slowly changing. Words such as "blogging" and "podcasting" are now used and understood by enough people for these terms to have made it into the most recently published dictionaries in Britain. 


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know their ipods from their IMs
区分数码音乐播放器和即时通讯

are crazy about
疯狂追求
keen to keep up with
热衷紧跟  
jargon 术语
cutting-edge technology
超新技术    
what their devices actually do
他们的器材到底有何功能 
news feeds
新闻消息更新 
WiFi
无线传输规格 
PDA 掌上电脑  meaningless
没有意义的

surf online 网上游览 

acronyms 首字母缩写 
bamboozle 迷惑  keep in touch
保持联系 
the most guilty
最有负疚感的(最喜欢用缩写的)
knowledge snobbery
(技术)知识势力眼
sound  听上去
inferior 低人一等            

know what you are talking about
对话题了如指掌
made it 成功了  
  


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