One of the most alienating things about technology is the language used to describe it.  All the cool kids seem to be talking the talk and it can feel almost impossible to break into the club, as we nervously envision ourselves saying the wrong thing ... We've gathered together the most common terms that are bandied about and provided simple, intelligible definitions.

What is ... ?

What is Amazon?

What is Android?

What is antivirus?

What is bandwidth?

What is Bitly?

What is a blog?

What is broadband?

What is CAPTCHA?

What is a chat room?

What is dial-up?

What is downloading?

What is an email?

What is Facebook?

What is an FAQ?

What is a firewall?

What is Google?

What is Google Chrome?

What is Google Plus?

What is a home page?

What is HTML?

What is a hyperlink?

What is identity theft?

What is instant messaging?

What is an IP address?

What is an iPhone?

What is an ISP?

What is Java?

What is a Kindle?

What is link shortening?

What is malware?

What is a modem?

What is a network?

What is online?

What is an online community?

What is PayPal?

What is a PDF?

What is phishing?

What is a Playstation 3?

What is a pop-up?

What is a router?

What is a search engine?

What is a site?

What is a smartphone?

What is social networking?

What is spam?

What is spyware?

What is streaming?

What is Twitter?

What is uploading?

What is a url?

What is a virus?

What is VoIP?

What is the web?

What is a web browser?

What is a webcam?

What is a web page?

What is a website?

What is wifi?

What is a Wii?

What is the Wikipedia?

What is Windows?

What is Windows Live Mail

What is WordPad?

What is an Xbox 360?