Prevalence of the word "app"

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  1. chill. macrumors 6502

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    anyone else notice how popular the word "app" has becoming lately?

    maybe it's just me, but it seems as if the word has sprung up in the last couple years. i guess that it got popular from the app store? i remember a time when software was only referred to as applications or programs. now i'm hearing app more and more and more

    i have mixed feelings about it. in a way i'm sad for the shortening/degeneration of english, in another i'm sort of amazed at how i've personally experienced this cultural change
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Its much, much older. I remember it from the late 80's when NextStep used the .app extension to indicate application bundles. Developers often referred to applications as apps. I think Atari and DR-DOS also used it. Its merely a contraction.
     
  3. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    The discussion is about how popular the word has become lately, not when it was first used, but I see your point.

    I think it gets a little annoying when people use the word "app" as if "apps" are something new and exciting.
     
  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Anyway it's somewhat ironic that we call iPhone applications "apps", but not it's not really popular to call applications "apps" on a Mac, even though the extension of the phone applications is .ipa and on a Mac it's .app.
     
  5. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    For me, "Apps" has kinda become like people using the word "gigs"(as in gigabytes)-- people just throw it out there and sound stupid while doing it.
     
  6. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Personally I hate the word "gigs" too, but I actually don't mind "apps".
     
  7. clevin macrumors G3

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    there is no culture change, vast majority people still call softwares on windows, you might be influenced more because you are staying in a similar circle for too long ;)
     
  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    BTW, "App" has made the

    Lake Superior State University 2010 List of Banished Words

     
  9. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    I was just thinking about this tonight.

    Application.
     
  10. chill. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well that put things into perspective. i actually use the term "gigs" (quite) a bit

    heh heh
     
  11. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    Ya, but in the unintelligent sounding way where you just like tossing it around? I use it often enough too, but it bugs me when people who just say stuff like "You got a new iPod? How many gigs does it have?". That kinda stuff. Ya I know its "right" but it still bugs me.:p
     
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