WOTY Nomination: Captcha

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Sat Dec 28 22:39:54 UTC 2002

This WOTY nomination is a late entry, coming into common usage only
recently: captcha. A captcha distinguishes a human from a machine.
Usually these devices are used to prevent repeated automated logins to
web sites, such as free email services, which might be abused by
spammers or others of ill intent.

One mention:


The word is supposedly an acronym for Completely Automated Public
Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart).

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