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Tech terms are a foreign language to most

Tech terms are a foreign language to most

If you're reading this, chances are you're tech savvy enough to figure out most of the jargon we throw around. But you might be surprised by how in the minority you actually are. A new Pew Internet and American Life study finds that 70 percent of Americans either have never heard of phishing (as in the common e-mail scam) or are not really sure what the term means. But that's better than the 87 percent who don't know what podcasting is and the whopping 91 percent unfamiliar with RSS feeds.

On the plus side, an impressive 78 percent of respondents in a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults had a good idea of what a firewall does. No word on a follow-up survey about RAID arrays and HDMI connections.