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REVIEWS Since its origins during the Second World War, the computer industry has grown more rapidly than any other technology in history, and this growth has spawned a wealth of new terms and mannersofspeaking to describe computers and the uses to which they can be put. Such terms are often referred to collectively as computerese. The thesis of Barry's entertaining book is that the use of computerese is increasingly being extended to a wealth of other subjects that are often totally unrelated to computing. Barry refers to this use or abuse of language as technobabble the subject matter and the pleasingly tongueincheek style can be judged from the introduction, which starts as follows This paperbased, productized bookware module is designed to support the robust implementation of a friendly, contextdriven interface between the developer and the enduser. Did you understand this sentence If so, you are fluent in technobabble. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Documentation Emerald Publishing

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Journal of Documentation , Volume 48 (3): 32 – Mar 1, 1992

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0022-0418
DOI
10.1108/eb026903
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Abstract

Since its origins during the Second World War, the computer industry has grown more rapidly than any other technology in history, and this growth has spawned a wealth of new terms and mannersofspeaking to describe computers and the uses to which they can be put. Such terms are often referred to collectively as computerese. The thesis of Barry's entertaining book is that the use of computerese is increasingly being extended to a wealth of other subjects that are often totally unrelated to computing. Barry refers to this use or abuse of language as technobabble the subject matter and the pleasingly tongueincheek style can be judged from the introduction, which starts as follows This paperbased, productized bookware module is designed to support the robust implementation of a friendly, contextdriven interface between the developer and the enduser. Did you understand this sentence If so, you are fluent in technobabble.

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Journal of DocumentationEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1992

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