The term ‘World Wide Web’ was used as a “temporary measure” by Tim Berners-Lee to describe his system of sharing information via the Internet. Other possibilities he considered were ‘Mesh’ and ‘The Information Mine’. ‘World Wide Web’ was considered good enough until he could think of something better.

As we all know, that never happened and the English language hasn’t been the same since. We have websites, web designers, web browsers and webcams, not meshsites or mine browsers.

Read more from the New York Times’ On Language column…