The English language is constantly evolving. Words like nuff said, mic drop and awesomesauce have made their way into everyday speak and even the dictionary. Office jargon is often the worst offender for nonsense words sparking articles on Forbes, Inc and Mashable. But, did you know that some words we use are actually based in technology?

Hello World

Recently, Bloomberg.com announced its new online show “Hello World.” Hosted by Ashlee Vance, the show will highlight tech stories from around the globe. To some, this might seem like a cute name for examining the world of tech, but there is more to it. Hello, World! (Hello World) comes from the C programming language and is often used to introduce programming to beginners. Hello World has many applications including a sanity test to check programs as well as a proof of concept for hackers. It’s so entry level that I learned how to code Hello World in under an hour, with no coding experience (I may have had a bit of help from my programmer husband). Kudos to Bloomberg for a name that is both relevant and tech based for its upcoming show.

Bandwidth

In office slang, bandwidth is often used to describe a person’s workload. For example, “Do you have the bandwidth to help with the new project?”

The term bandwidth originates from the technical term to describe the difference between two frequencies and the amount of information that can flow through a channel. It can also refer to the range of frequencies, or the measured amount of information, that can be transmitted over a connection. If applied in the literal sense in the office, low bandwidth translates to low frequency or slow to complete work. 

PING

PING or ping started as an acronym for Packet Internet Groper, a program that determines if an IP address is accessible or online. Since its early days as an internet connections troubleshooter PING has taken on the form of the more commonly known “ping” or the action of connecting with someone.

With new words, jargon and catch phrases being added every day, you may not realize where they all got their start. What other words do you use that originated from techy terms?