What is another word for technology?

What are the 3 main types of technologies?

Check out this hilarious BBC article about the anti-tech words that are emerging as a tongue-in-cheek backlash to all the tech/IT words that are currently being added to the lexicon. A similarly entertaining experience is provided by the Macmillan Open Dictionary. We already have a whole range of technological terms and slang, both ironic and factual. I especially love Attachmeant, Cyberslacking and Textraction. The opportunities to create new words in the field of technology are as fluid and fruitful as the subject itself, and it feels easy for any of us to try. I had a lot of fun coining my own term techfruit on a previous blog, and I’ve just invented a new 21st century “disease” called DDA – fear of digital lag – where it takes ages to download or sign up, or the internet keeps dropping out. The most obvious symptoms are: rocking back and forth and involuntary exclamations like “Oh come on, um SORRY!!!!!”. Hey, that’s great fun. Why don’t you try to invent your own techie term?

“Any big company…”

Sarat Pediredla, CEO of Newcastle-based technology consultancy Hedgehog Lab says: “Today’s business world relies on technology – so much, in fact, I would argue that every big one does Company could now be classified as a technology company.

“In our case, the rationale for our classification as a technology company is simple. We produce technology, it is our product/service and the focus of our expertise.


Did you know that at work your computer is probably connected to the office network?

The noun network refers to a system of connected computers and other devices such as printers that exchange data with each other. A private office network is called an intranet.

Usage Notes

  • Plural: Technologies
  • A technophile welcomes technology and a technophobe opposes technology.
  • A (noun) technologist is (adverb) technologically adept at (adjective) technological applications.
  • “About 5000 years ago people developed farming with the plough. Attaching oxen and other large animals to plows allowed farmers to increase their output. Again, thanks to technological innovation, surpluses grew. With greater wealth came even sharper social stratification. Agricultural societies developed religious beliefs that justified greater inequality. People came to believe that kings and queens ruled by “divine law.” They regarded large landowners as “Lords”. Also, if you were born a farmer, you and your children would probably stay farmer. If you were born a lord, you and your children would likely remain lords. In the vocabulary of modern sociology, we say that stratification in agrarian societies was based more on attribution than on achievement” (Brym and Lie 2007:225).

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