Wiki In Plain English

For years I’ve been helping my friends and family understand some of the jargon that goes along with being on the web. Now that the web is commonplace, the number of questions I get has increased. Thankfully, there are many resources out there to help people get some great answers now. For a long time, the web lingo has dissuaded people from using the technologies that we geeks come up with. That time is coming to a close thanks to a few friends of mine – CommonCraft founders Lee and Sashi LeFever.

The series they’ve been doing for quite some time now is one I refer to often. It’s essentially called the “Plain English” series in my book. They do the tough job of taking difficult to understand technological words, concepts, and software and break it down into … well, plain English – a language that normal human beings (well, normal for those of us who speak English already) understand.

For starters, let’s take the idea of a Wiki. Where the heck did that word come from? Wiki. Say it a few times and instead of being frustrated, I guarantee you’ll start to laugh at yourself.

But what is a wiki anyway?

This is the perfect example of where Lee and Sashi’s Plain English series comes into play. They’ve created a video for you to explain this very thing. I’m simply going to include it here, but I highly suggest that you go and visit their site ( to get more information on other things that you can learn about in plain English besides wikis.


Wikis in Plain English from Project MyShare on Vimeo.

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

2 Comments on "Wiki In Plain English"

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  2. Good explanation :) finally I get it, friend of mine try to explain me but without result, your explanation is simple and exactly show how the things work :)

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