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Gallery: The surprising and strange origins of 10 common tech terms

​What's in a name?

"Why in the world do they call it _______?" It's a common question asked in and out of tech circles. Strange names like Bluetooth, Google, Wiki, and others frequently cause head scratching rumination and the answers are often just as strange as the names.

You may be familiar with a few of the origin stories behind these tech terms--hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised with most.

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By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.