net·​i·​quette ˈne-ti-kət How to pronounce netiquette (audio)
: etiquette governing communication on the Internet

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When the first computer networks were being developed in the 1950s and 60s, few people could have predicted the extent to which the Internet would revolutionize our culture - and our language. These days, you don't have to be a computernik (a computer expert or enthusiast) or a mouse potato (someone who spends a great deal of time using a computer) to be familiar with words like "blog," "download," or the verb "google." And even "computerphobes" are likely to know that in modern jargon, a "mouse" isn't necessarily a small furry rodent and the newest "virus" may be more of a threat to your computer than to your health. "Netiquette," a blend of "net" (as in "Internet") and "etiquette," joined our language in the late 1980s.

Examples of netiquette in a Sentence

Writing an e-mail message in all capital letters is considered a breach of netiquette because it looks like you are shouting.
Recent Examples on the Web Seven addressed matters of basic netiquette — respect, courtesy, bullying, privacy, solicitation (both kinds). New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021

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Word History


blend of net and etiquette

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of netiquette was in 1982


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“Netiquette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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net·​i·​quette ˈnet-i-kət How to pronounce netiquette (audio)
: etiquette governing communication on the Internet

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