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Technobabble

Author: John A Barry
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The computer revolution, like many of the technologies that preceded it, is producing an abundance of new terms and catchphrases that are making their way into the English language. In this lively account, computerese expert John A. Barry chronicles an important linguistic development which he has termed 'technobabble': the pervasive and indiscriminate use of computer terminology, especially as it is applied to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John A Barry
ISBN: 0262023334 9780262023337
OCLC Number: 23383826
Description: xv, 268 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: What is technobabble? --
Genesis and evolution --
Proliferation --
High-tech Tower of Babel --
Techniques of coinage --
Elements of style --
Sex, drug, and holy paroles --
Apocrypha and folklore --
The tyranny of user friendliness --
NOW-THEN --
Appendixes --
A. Internationalization: technobabble in other languages --
B. Random strings of TechnoLatin --
C. Xerox and the technobabble quotient --
D. Psycho/technobabble.
Responsibility: John A. Barry.

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The computer revolution, like many of the technologies that preceded it, is producing an abundance of new terms and catchphrases that are making their way into the English language. In this lively account, computerese expert John A. Barry chronicles an important linguistic development which he has termed 'technobabble': the pervasive and indiscriminate use of computer terminology, especially as it is applied to situations that have nothing at all to do with technology.

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