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Surfing the web

Posted by RRC on April 03, 2008 at 21:24:

In Reply to: Surfing the web posted by Dustin Jones on April 03, 2008 at 07:57:

: From what I understood surfing the web had a different origin then the one posted on the site. I can't 100% recall where I read it though I will look into it further, but, from what I've read, it originally was called "Surfing the web" by a woman in an interview. She noted it as surfing the web because she had a mouse pad with a surfer on it. Has any one else ever heard this?

Jean Armour Polly is generally credited with coining the term in her 1992 article "Surfing the Internet". The article doesn't explain the term which makes me think that she thought it would be an obvious metaphor to people without "surfer mousepads".