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February 6, 2013


The submit button. We come across it every day. Yesterday I was doing a revamp on some of the pages on my business website and I came to the submit button. And stopped. And thought about it…

Its a weird word – Submit. Here’s the directory definition (screenshot of my iPhone Dictionary App):

Definition of "submit"


So by clicking a submit button are you surrendering? Submissively surrendering your info?
But how does this gel with the other sense of “submission” – like when you confidently submit a proposal?
Its not a pun in the usual sense of wordplay as in, say, the word “bill” (bill of a bird, bill at a restaurant). No, it seems that somewhere along the line the word shared a common root. Maybe something along the lines of “hand over”. And then the word split into a confident handover versus a fearful handover.

Whatever. The most interesting part of it for me is that we use words like this so often, we don’t even realise what they mean any more…


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My total iPhone App count is now 86, and this one I discovered 2 days ago has to be in the top 3!  WordFoto .

You can see my full set of WordFoto pics here:

Can’t stop playing with it…



10 September 2010

(on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary and possible public burning of a Koran, I submit what  life has taught me thus far…) “A” and “the” – two seemingly innocuous words. Two words used so often that, according to Wikipedia “the” holds number one spot of most commonly used English words, whilst “a” is ranked […]

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The 20 most common words in the English Language

27 August 2010

1 the 2 of 3 to 4 and 5 a 6 in 7 is 8 it 9 you 10 that 11 he 12 was 13 for 14 on 15 are 16 with 17 as 18 I 19 his 20 they You can see the top 100 words here. Does it tell us something about us? […]

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Augmented Reality vs. Virtual Reality

11 March 2010

Back 5 years ago you heard the term “Virtual Reality” fairly often. Lately, however, I’ve been hearing much more about “Augmented Reality” so I did a quick comparison on Google Trends and my suspicions were confirmed: To be sure VR and AR are different beasts and not completely interchangeable. However its definitely a trend and […]

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