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  Yadda-yadda, wack-wack, and other oddities

    One of the reasons I ran the piece on pronouncing "http://www"; in
    the previous issue was to mitigate a case of internesia [27]: an
    age ago in Net time I had come across a lonely one-man campaign to
    get Web-site owners to name their sites "web dot" in place of, or
    in addition to, "www dot," but promptly lost track of where on the
    Net I had seen this suggestion. Figured someone would send it to
    me in response to "Lizard lips" [28]; and so several folks did.

    Dave Yost is the man and his WebDot campaign [29] is perking along
    nicely. A quick check with Infoseek reveals more than half a mil-
    lion "web." URLs out of its database of 25 million.

    Here is a selection from the mailbag in response to "Lizard lips."
    (Correspondents from the current and former British Empire will
    note that I have regularized punctuation around quotes to the
    American style.)

      Danny O'Brien <[email protected]>:
        At NTK, we're pushing very hard for "www" to be replaced by
        "yadda yadda yadda." Not shorter than the alternatives, but
        more descriptive of prospective site content. [And appro-
        priate for the week of the last Seinfeld episode as well --

      Richard Probst <[email protected]>:
        I once heard Tim Berners-Lee say that he chose the name
        "World Wide Web" because he wanted the name to have fewer
        syllables than the acronym.

      Pete Murray <[email protected]>:
        A free booklet with "Tomorrows World" magazine suggested the
        commonly accepted pronunciation was HIT WEB (?!)

      Hendrik Levsen <[email protected]>:
        We in Gemany are better off, since "www" spells "way way
        way" in German. This is what everybody should do: name their
        sites without www and have them be reachable with the www,
        too. But publish the no-www name.

      allen hurst <[email protected]>:
        I usually call "//" "wack-wack," and "www" "wuh-wuh-wuh". It's
        weird, but people always know what I'm talking about. Hence:
        huttup-colon, wack-wack, wuh-wuh-wuh dot, tee-bee- tee-eff dot
        com. I derived this unusual verbiage from a poem entitled
        "waka-waka-bang-splat" [30]. I figured if "<" or ">" was a
        "waka", then half of one of those ("/") must be a "wack."
        Making little chopping motions with one's hand while
        enunciating the URL also helps.

      Joshua Newman <[email protected]>:
        "Aitch-tee-tee-pee, double-dotter, wack-wack, three-dub dot"
        and go on from there. This should be said as quickly as pos-
        sible, perhaps by a coffee auctioneer.

      Ian Douglas <[email protected]>:
        Me, I always say "wawawa," which invariably gets really
        weird looks from people hearing it for the first time. They
        seem to think I have regressed to baby talk.

      Julianne Chatelain <[email protected]>:
        Over a year ago, Dave Shaw proposed "three-dub" as the
        quickest (2-syllable) way to say "www."

      David Long <[email protected]>:
        Three w's must surely be a hexa-u.

    [27] http://www.tbtf.com/jargon-scout.html
    [28] http://www.tbtf.com/archive/05-11-98.html#s12
    [29] http://web.Yost.com/Misc/webdot.html
    [30] http://www.qnx.com/~glen/deadbeef/2225.html

Chip Woods		PHONE: +1(706)354 3783
Technology Coordinator  FAX:   +1(706)354 3775
Athens Academy          WEB: www.athensacademy.org

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