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Where does the word "Lycos" come from? (choose the one best answer
A. After the Island of Lykos in Greek mythology, where lost things are found.
B. Coined from adjacent letters in the name of mathematician VasiLY COSinski.
C. Acronym for the shareware utility, "Look - Yield - Command - Option - Search."
D. Derived from the Latin term Lycosidae Lycosa, the "Wolf Spider," who hunts.
The last thing the computer industry needed in the 1990's was another acronym, so when Al Gore (and others) invented the Internet, they called it the "Information Superhighway."
Once past the donkey-braying dial-up procedure, newbies crawled through an array of unsorted sites (albeit free from cookies and popups).
As intelligence migrated from the server to the browser, Lycos promised web surfers the distinction of hunting rather than waiting -- so D is correct.
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