WOTY Nomination: Captcha
Mark A Mandel
mam at THEWORLD.COM
Tue Dec 31 18:51:08 UTC 2002
Darn, I thought I'd sent this a couple days ago.
On Sat, 28 Dec 2002, Grant Barrett wrote:
#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.
#The word is supposedly an acronym for Completely Automated Public
#Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart).
Sounds like a bac(k)ronym to me.
-- Mark A. Mandel
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