TIL “wi-fi” doesn’t mean “wireless fidelity” or anything else; it was made up as a marketing tool and is a user-friendly name to refer to technology that adhered to standards known as IEEE 802.11.

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi#Etymology_and_terminology

    > The Wi-Fi Alliance used the advertising slogan “The Standard for Wireless Fidelity” for a short time after the brand name was created,[24][26][27] and the Wi-Fi Alliance was also called the “Wireless Fidelity Alliance Inc” in some publications.[28] The name is often written as WiFi, Wifi, or wifi, but these are not approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance. IEEE is a separate, but related, organization and their website has stated “WiFi is a short name for Wireless Fidelity”.[29][30]

  2. I would prefer saying can i have password of your ieee 802.97776776655 than wi fi because of the people who play on word wifi to make stale wife and wifey password jokes.

  3. Words can change their meaning over time as the way people use the word changes. If there’s an overwhelming consensus that decides Wi-Fi means wireless fidelity, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the dictionary one day.

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