People are mistaking 'cryptocurrency' for funeral finance
A survey of more than 2,000 members of the British public has revealed many are still unsure about the meanings of tech phrases.
The survey, conducted by Bristol-based cloud distributor intY, found that just less than a quarter of respondents thought that HTML is text-speak for 'Hi There My Love'.
Nearly a fifth of respondents thought 'cryptocurrency' was a reference to funeral finance.
Thirty eight per cent of respondents said they thought 'cloud computing' related to using technology while on a flight.
To help reduce the misunderstanding around common technical 'jargon', intY has released a 'Dictionary of Computing’, which it hopes will help people to grasp a better understanding of tech terms.
"We know the world of IT and computing can be complex," said intY CEO Craig Joseph.
"But we think our Dictionary of Computing jargon-buster might just help people struggling with a few technical words and phrases we in the industry probably take for granted."
Other results included 41 per cent of participants believing that ‘blockchain’ was another name for an old-fashioned toilet pull flush.
Twenty eight per cent thought an IP number was an international phone number.
When asked the question, 'do you understand how the cloud works as a concept?', 53 per cent responded 'no'.
Of the respondents that answered 'yes', the company reports that only two in five correctly defined the cloud.
"Services like Apple's iCloud or Google Drive are used daily by a huge number of people, yet a large number wouldn't recognise them as cloud-based services," Joseph said.
"Add that to the fifth of people that appear to have missed the cryptocurrency ups and downs of the last few months, and we think our Dictionary could be a bit of educational fun!"