ENGLISH VOCABULARY FOR INTERNET USERS is definitely a specialized vocabulary. It is necessary  to learn it because the Internet speaks English and knowing the English vocabulary specific to the Internet is the first step to being a successful business person today. Globalization is here to stay and one of the great things about it is the Internet which levels the playing field and allows the entire world access to information and communication. Of course, understanding the  modalities and functionalities and vocabularies of the Internet is a whole other matter. Since English is increasingly the language of business and commerce and since so much international business takes place on the Internet, it made intuitive sense to include an Internet glossary in our archives.

English vocabulary for Internet users should be useful to more than just a few people because most people will surf the web at one point or another in their lives. It does not matter how remote your location. You could live on a small, relatively uninhabited island off the coast of India or on the Channel Islands off the Coast of California (all by yourself!) and chances are you can still access the Internet in some capacity and so you still need to be up on the vocabulary. The fact is that everybody uses the internet in some capacity and everybody needs to know the language of the Internet.

Of course this curated list of English vocabulary for Internet users  is not exhaustive. But it contains 35 key terms that you might like to memorize – for starters.

So here you go. English vocabulary for Internet Users:

1.      At

This is the symbol @ which is used in email addresses. Example: contact@elgconsulting.fr


2.      Attachment

An attachment is a file which is electronically annexed to an email. It can take various forms such as word, PDF, JPEG and so forth.


3.      Back button

A button on the toolbar that allow the user to return to the previous webpage.


4.      Blog

A website maintained by a “blogger” that has content generated by the blogger and user comments and sometimes advertising such as Google AdSense ads.


5.      Bold

This is a feature that allows the writer to highlight text by making it darker. In English this is usually designated as “B” whereas in French it is “G”


6.      Browser

The browser is the lens through which you view the Internet. There are many different browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla


7.      Click

When you click it means you point your mouse on a hyperlink and press on the mouse to access the information behind the link.


8.      Compose

When you compose an email it means you write an email.


9.      Cookie

In Internet parlance, a “cookie” is a piece of information about a person’s Internet using history that a computer stores based on that individual’s activity on a particular computer, including your searches, passwords, registration information, log-ins, email user names, among other things. This personal history is then potentially used by advertisers and websites like Google and Facebook as well as hackers.

English for Internet Users

10.   Crash

When the word crash is used in the context of the web or Internet it usually means that either a hard drive has malfunctioned or an entire network or intranet reseau has been compromised. Typically if there has been a crash users of that computer or network cannot access the Internet until the situation is fixed by technicians. Sometimes crashes are caused by virus or hackers.


11.   Cyberspace

Cyberspace is another word used for the Internet, computer networks or World Wide Web.


12.   Dot

The dot is designated as ( . )

It is used in website addresses and email addresses. So the website www.elgconsulting.fr would be read as www dot elgconsulting dot fr.

Likewise, the email contact@elgconsulting.fr would be read as contact@elgconsulting dot fr


13. Dot-com

This usually refers to an Internet-based business that has a URL that ends in .com. But what about other extensions such as dot net, dot gov or dot fr as in www.elgconsulting.fr? Some people argue that dot com includes all extensions while other argue that only URLs that end in .com can be considered dotcoms.


14. download

Opposite of upload. It means transfer data from one computer to another.


15. Email

An electronic mail or electronic correspondenc/ letter sent via cyberspace  from a real person via an electronic virtual “mail person” from  a virtual “mail station.” (Or you may have a better definition on this one. )


16. Italics

This is a formatting option that allows the author of a document to place emphasis on a word or series of words.


17. JPEG

This is a format type used to file or save  image files.


18. Log-in

The log-in is usually box a code, name or characters which are inputted into a dialog box to allow a user to gain access to a website. It is both a verb and a noun. For example, you can “log in” or you can enter your log in information.


19. mailing list

A mailing list is a compilation of names and email addresses that an individual or business sends communications to.


20. netiquette

Netiquette refers to proper conduct or etiquette for Internet use.


21.   password

A password is a code or series of characters that include letters numbers and punctuation marks that allows access to an email or website. 


22.   PDF

PDF is the acronym for PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT. It refers to the “format” a file will take. Files can take on a dizzying array of formats including Word File, PDF, JPEG, Gif, zip. Check this link for all the various existing file formats.


23.   Reply all

This term is used with emails to send an email to all recipients in specified group.


24.   Save

To “save” a file on the Internet means to give it a name and file it on the computer’s hard drive or on a removable disk.

25.   Search engine

A search engine is an Internet-based mechanism used to search, find and index information on the Internet. This includes Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask and Altavista.


26.   Spam

Spam is unsolicited, unwanted, annoying contact or email. It is both a noun and a verb; that is to say spam is a thing as well as an act.


27.   Spy-ware

Spy-ware refers to programs and software that allows Internet users to “spy” on each other on the Internet via computers. The software is hidden and it collects information surreptitiously.


28.   Toolbar

A Row of buttons on the computer screen that gives the user access to various applications and functions on their computer.


29.   Upload

To upload a document means to transfer documents from the computer you are using to another computer. The document can be text, image, audio or any format that the receiving computer can accommodate.


30.   URL

See Website Address.


31.   User name

The user-name is the personal identification of an individual on a particular website on the Internet.


32.   Virus

A computer virus is a malicious or mischievous element that is surreptitiously injected into the computer’s hard drive or software.


33.   Website

A website is an Internet-based space where one finds information of a specified sort under the same URL. The information which is typically spread over numerous web pages potentially includes pictures, videos, text, advertising, HTML codes, audio and more.


34. Website address

This is the URL for a website; the name to type into the browser in order to access the website. Thus, www.elgconsulting.fr is the website address for ELG CONSULTING.


35.   www

This is the abbreviation for World Wide Web


So that would be all for this list of English vocabulary for Internet users. We will be back with a new list very soon.







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