Learning A New Language: Geek Speak
I’m expected to speak geek really? In high school I did everything I could to avoid being a geek. Geek speak is the jargon or special vocabulary used by people immersed in the world of computers and information technology. This is where I stumble as I speak to my daughter and never really understand what term to use to describe the point I want to get across. I guess it’s how my parents felt when I would talk hippie lingo back in the 70”s. And I cringe every time I see a Geek Squad car. That would have been a major target for some raw eggs back then.
Geek speak is usually something that someone else uses. (That person may be viewed as a geek or just someone who knows more than you.) As a person learns about computers, the terms they use become familiar and only the ones they haven’t mastered yet continue to be geek speak.
Geek speak often sounds like normal English but to most it doesn’t quite make sense because familiar words have been given a new meaning to equate to the technical terms. A port is not where a ship docks or chemo is given and a spool is no longer what thread is wound on, a thread is no longer a thin strand of cotton, and a hard drive isn’t a long tiring road trip.
While looking up words on Geek Speak dictionary and netlingo I was overwhelmed by the acronyms. Doesn’t anyone spell anymore? And if I recall while texting, posting, etc. spelling isn’t real issue either. In fact auto correct rarely spells correctly. I guess I just need to mellow out and get into the grove. This technology is getting really radical dude, in fact its outta sight. By the way I searched for these hippie terms on Geek Speak and nothing came up. I guess it’s time to learn a new language, Geek Speak translator here I come.
According to netlingo business terms AFAIC its gonna be BHAG for me, can ya dig it! I’m up for the challenge. How about you? Are we fearing technology or the terminology?
Translation: As far as I’m concerned it’s gonna be a big hairy audacious goal for me.
If you want to practice, talk to our WebWorld Advantage Owner Candy Jones-Guerin, she keeps her geek speak in perspective for those we work with, but speaks geek with the best of them!
Penny Jones, is a blogger and social media content writer at WebWorld Advantage. WebWorld Advantage, is a company dedicated to innovation in Social Media, Email Marketing, Marketing Consulting, Training and Education in Livingston County, serving Southeast Michigan and beyond.