Say Hello to Ava : Homonym Helper

Avaya’s Business Engagement Expert & Technology Translator

Term
Traditional Meaning
Tech Meaning
Term
Avatar
Traditional Meaning
In Hinduism, it is a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher.
Tech Meaning
In tech, it is an icon or figure representing a particular person in computer games, Internet forums, etc.
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Buffer
Traditional Meaning
To lessen or moderate the impact of something.
Tech Meaning
To store data in a buffer while it is being processed or transferred. i.e. wait for your video to load!
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Chat
Traditional Meaning
Talk in a friendly and informal way.
Tech Meaning
Get pinged incessantly by friends or coworkers via an instant messenger service.
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Cloud
Traditional Meaning
A visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground.
Tech Meaning
A network of computers that stores information and data that people can access remotely from anywhere with a computer or connected device.
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Engagement
Traditional Meaning
A formal agreement to get married.
Tech Meaning
When people connect and communicate effectively with each other, in person or remotely, to achieve results greater than the sum of their parts.
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Hack
Traditional Meaning
Cut with rough or heavy blows.
Tech Meaning
Use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system.
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Hot Spot
Traditional Meaning
A place deep within the Earth where hot magma rises to just underneath the surface, creating a bulge and volcanic activity
Tech Meaning
A wireless LAN (local area network) node that provides Internet connection and virtual private network (VPN) access from a given location.
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Interface
Traditional Meaning
Interact with (another system, person, organization, etc.)
Tech Meaning
A device or program enabling a user to communicate with a computer.
Term
Jailbreak
Traditional Meaning
To escape from jail.
Tech Meaning
Removing hardware restrictions on iOS, Apple's operating system so it can run third party programs. As big of a “no-no” as breaking out of prison.
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Legacy
Traditional Meaning
An amount of money or property left to someone in a will.
Tech Meaning
Software or hardware that has been superseded but is difficult to replace because of its wide use.
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Meerkat
Traditional Meaning
A small southern African mongoose.
Tech Meaning
A mobile app that enables users to do live video streaming over the web service Twitter, sending video to their Twitter followers.
Term
Mobile
Traditional Meaning
Able to move or be moved freely or easily.
Tech Meaning
Your phone. And all the things it enables you to do.
Term
Navigate
Traditional Meaning
To plan and direct the route or course of a ship, aircraft, or other form of transportation, especially by using instruments or maps.
Tech Meaning
To move from one page, section, or view of a digital file or website to another.
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Network
Traditional Meaning
An arrangement of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines.
Tech Meaning
A series of computers connected together, in order to exchange data or information.
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Periscope
Traditional Meaning
An apparatus consisting of a tube attached to a set of mirrors or prisms, by which an observer can see things that are otherwise out of sight
Tech Meaning
A live video streaming app for iOS and Android developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein.
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Ping
Traditional Meaning
A short high-pitched ringing sound, as of a tap on a crystal glass.
Tech Meaning
Query (another computer on a network) to determine whether there is a connection to it.
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Server
Traditional Meaning
A sideboard or similar piece of furniture, on which food to be served is placed.
Tech Meaning
A computer or computer program that manages access to a centralized resource or service in a network.
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Spam
Traditional Meaning
A canned meat product made mainly from ham.
Tech Meaning
Irrelevant or inappropriate digital messages sent to a large number of recipients.
Term
Surf
Traditional Meaning
Stand or lie on a surfboard and ride on a wave toward the shore
Tech Meaning
How people navigated the Internet in the 90’s. The term “surf the internet” was coined by librarian Jean Armour Polly in 1992.
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Thread
Traditional Meaning
A long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibers used in sewing or weaving
Tech Meaning
A group of linked electronic messages that share a common subject or theme. Think emails, texts or web forums.
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Tinder
Traditional Meaning
Dry, flammable material, such as wood or paper, used for lighting a fire
Tech Meaning
A popular dating app for college students used on iPhones and Androids in which you select individuals based on their attractiveness.
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Troll
Traditional Meaning
A mythical, cave-dwelling being depicted in folklore as either a giant or a dwarf.
Tech Meaning
A person who makes deliberately offensive or provocative online postings.
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Tweet
Traditional Meaning
The chirp of a small or young bird.
Tech Meaning
A posting on the social media website Twitter.