The Global Language Monitor (GLM) is a self-appointed group that covers the fungible world of word meanings and usage.
Recently, GLM published their Top 10 Most Confusing (yet widely used) High-Tech Buzzwords. The compilation was generated from what the group calls "a worldwide Internet and media analysis."
VoIP was number 2. Next to the listing, the GLM comments: "VoIP, (pronounced voip rhyming with Detroit). Voice over Internet Protocol. Simply put:web telephony."
Here's the rest of their top 5, and my take about how each term could relate to VoIP. It's a stretch, but here goes:
1- HTTP. Oh,like http://www.skype.net
3. Megapixel. What's the resolution of that VoIP video phone?
4. Plasma. Well, OK... accessing your VoIP softphone via your plasma monitor.
5. Robust. This VoIP connection is real, like "robust," ya know?
If you want to read the rest of their list, no need to go to Detroit. Just go here.
And then come back here. TalkBack and tell us what your most confusing tech buzzword is.