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Definition: buzzword

In the computer industry, a buzzword refers to the latest technology. Because they may sound catchy and leading edge, buzzwords are often overused and abused (see cloudwashing).

AI and metaverse are hot buzzwords today, and crypto has turned the world upside down. Terms such as blockchain, NFT, token and Web3 are touted all over the place (see crypto glossary). See AI and metaverse.

In the beginning, everyone uses cutting edge terms to appear knowledgeable (see buzzword compliant). However, if not a flash in the pan, new technologies become mainstream, and the words become everyday vocabulary. See disruptive technology.

Nano Means Very Small
Around the turn of the century, nanotechnology was very popular, and "nano" was tacked onto existing processes that had been microscopic for years. Corporations even added nano to their names to maximize the buzz. This Microsoft wireless mouse transceiver is called nano because it protrudes only a quarter inch out of the USB port. See nanotechnology and transceiver.