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Acronnym that took longer to say than its actual meaning

     
11:45 am on Feb 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Someone asked me the other day if i knew an acronnym that took longer to say than its actual meaning.

I was stumped for a few days and just learnt the answer:

WWW = its actually quicker to say world wide web.

;)

2:28 am on Feb 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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thats very true.

when ever I am telling someone of a website i say "all the w's"

slightly quicker :)

6:11 am on Feb 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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dubya dubya dubya cut's down on pesky iteration. :)
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dubya dubya dubya

By George, he's got it!
7:54 am on Feb 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It has always been my contention that "www" should be pronounced "triple-you" (or "treble-you" for you folk across the ocean if you prefer).

Perhaps I could more slowly break people into that with "triple-double-you"

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I kinda like "Trip-Dub" myself... hey, we could start a new naming convention here and everyone who reads this thread could start using it, and once they're comfortable with it, tell seven people, then those 7 people will tell seven more peopleand before you know it, we've redefined the web! WOOHOOO!
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"www" should be pronounced "triple-you"

If one "w" is a double, wouldn't three be a sextuple?

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Its quite funny - i have a client who when asking me to look at a web address over the phone he says:

1 2 3 dot mysite dot com

that kind of works ;)

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Also, the second w is redundant. Wouldn't world-wide-web be the same as world-web? We could have had ww.webmasterworld.com!

I have always wondered why they didn't use 'web' - web.webmasterworld.com.

But then again, most people when setting up web addresses look at how it LOOKS and not how difficult it is to SPEAK. Lots of companies have appalling web addresses that are so difficult to say, add the www to that and it tkaes longer to tell someone what the address is, than it would be to give them the info they want over the phone - 'is there a dash between web and master and master and world?'.

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I'm hearing (and started using) "dub-dub-dub" a lot now. :)
1:40 pm on Feb 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I typically make a "wha" sound (soft 'a' something like how you'd pronounce 'what' but with out the 't'). Then it becomes very easy to say - wha wha wha.
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why not use *http://... and have their minds redirect the pages? jk.

peace. :)

3:32 pm on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I just say "wibble", because that's what is sounds like when I try to pronounce "double-you-double-you-double-you" quickly.
3:51 pm on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Well, why not w3?

That's what we do in French.

3:54 pm on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What? Double-you-cubed?

Depending on my mood I opt for:
"double-u double-u double-ya"

or

"wa wa wa"

or very occasionally miss it out altogether - but then half the admins on the 'net haven't worked out that www.domain.com and domain.com should be resolve to the same thing!

JP

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My host lets me have www.domain.com or just domain.com - but if I say to someone "visit my web site at domain.com" they say "don't you mean "www.domain.com?" and then I go into a lengthy explanation and end up using far more syllables than if I had simply said "www.domain.com".

Sometimes it's just not worth the hassle :)

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here in germany this is no prob at all, because w w w is spoken very much faster then world wide web oder 'welt weites warten' as some people say here. ;)
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I just say "wibble", because that's what is sounds like when I try to pronounce "double-you-double-you-double-you" quickly.

What if you run into a domain that has something hosted on the wibble subdomain, though? All kinds of problems!
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I use and also hear a lot - dub-dub-dub
6:21 pm on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Not the same thing, but just as silly:

Did you ever notice that if you take the beginning of this site name, like the way they call MetaFilter "MeFi"...you get We Ma Wo?

(singing)
ah We Ma Wo, ah We Ma Wo
ah We Ma Wo, ah We Ma Wo
ah We Ma Wo, ah We Ma Wo
ah We Ma Wo, ah We Ma Wo

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight...

7:18 am on Feb 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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ah We Ma Wo, ah We Ma Wo
ah We Ma Wo, ah We Ma Wo
ah We Ma Wo, ah We Ma Wo
ah We Ma Wo, ah We Ma Wo

ROFLMAO!

12:13 am on Feb 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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my vote's for "dub dub dub" too :) 'tis quick and easy..

maybe before it gets too popular I should register threemeninatub.com ;)

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Talk about a stoopie. When I was first exposed to it, it was being pronounced "earl." simple. one syllable. or two if you tagged it with AN.

not "A Yew-Are-Ell" but "AN EARL."

The whole idea of the letters was to make it shorter to say, right? So why did some nutz take over the word and make it a U. R. L. instead of AN EARL?

Dian
Who is sticking with phonetic earl

Methinks it was that Amish Conspiracy thing again :)