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17 Tech Terms That Have A Different Meaning To Your Parents

Mom, you don't need to sign your texts.

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1. "Inkjet printer"

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What it usually means: Office equipment for printing documents, usually in black and white but sometimes color.

What it means to your parents: A thing to print out photos, on regular paper.

3. "Hackers"

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What it usually means: People who break into government or corporate online systems for political reasons, fun, or profit.

What it means to your parents: The sender of every potential email and link.

4. "Internet Explorer"

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What it usually means: A browser that has fallen out of favor in the past few years.

What it means to your parents: The only way to access the internet, preferably in IE6.

6. "Cloud storage"

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What it usually means: A way of storing digital files remotely, to make them easily accessible from multiple devices.

What it means to your parents: AN UNKNOWABLE MYSTERY; A VAPOR THAT FLOWS OUT THROUGH THE CAVE OF KNOWLEDGE BUT CAN NEVER BE HELD BY HUMAN HANDS.

7. "Security alert"

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What is usually means: Something's temporarily off with the site you're trying to access. No deal, click to proceed.

What it means to your parents: Mom, chill, it's fine. Please stop screaming. No, hackers aren't attacking you, you do not need to change your ATM pin.

12. "Subtweet"

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What it usually means: Talking about a person on Twitter without using their handle or name, typically in a mean or gossiping way.

What it means to your parents: Discussing your aunt.

14. The U2 album automatically installed into iTunes

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What is usually means: A marketing tactic many people felt went too far and was invasive.

What it means to your dad: Awesome! Free U2 album! Love Bono and the boys!

Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.

Contact Katie Notopoulos at katie@buzzfeed.com.

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