is a small dictionary for words invented by Ted Nelson, a pioneer in computing and hypermedia. Words not indexed here may pop up on Twitter, #NelsonWords.


compound document: A document type typically produced using word processing software, and is a regular text document intermingled with non-text elements such as spreadsheets, pictures, digital videos, digital audio, and other multimedia features. [1]

cromule: The appropriate or official object or unit. (2015) [1]

cybercrud: "Cyber" and "crud." (1967) [1]

dildonics: Electronic or robotic sex toys. A precursor to teledildonics. (1974) [1]

docuverse: A global distributed electronic library of interconnected documents, in other words a global metadocument. (1974) [1]

enfilade: A proprietary data structure used in Xanadu. [1]

fangles: White, specially cut file folders that start as 8 1/2-by-11-inch envelopes. Used with Ted Nelson's personal, physical filing system. [1]

fantics: The art and science of getting ideas across, both emotionally and cognitively.It is concerned with both the arts of effect – writing, theater, and so on – and the structures and mechanisms of thought, including the various traditions of the scholarly event (article, book, lecture, debate and class). (1974) [1]

futilitarian: Fair but not useful. (2015) [1]

hypermedia: An extension of the term hypertext, hypermedia is a nonlinear medium of information that includes graphics, audio, video, plain text and hyperlinks. (1963) [1] [2]

hypertext: Text displayed on a computer display or other electronic devices with references (hyperlinks) to other text that the reader can immediately access, or where text can be revealed progressively at multiple levels of detail. (1963) [1]

hyperthogonal structure: A data structure like a table that is composed of cells which are connected in rows and at right angles. However, there are no overall spatial coordinates. [1]

intertwingularity: The complexity of interrelations in human knowledge. Nelson wrote in Computer Lib/Dream Machines (Nelson 1974, p. DM45): "EVERYTHING IS DEEPLY INTERTWINGLED. In an important sense there are no "subjects" at all; there is only all knowledge, since the cross-connections among the myriad topics of this world simply cannot be divided up neatly." (1974) [1]

irrelephant: The elephant in the room that doesn't matter. (2017) [1]

micropayment: A financial transaction involving a very small sum of money and usually one that occurs online. [1]

populitism: An ideology where the popular and the elite will find themselves at the same ground level, without feeling the verticality of the hierarchies; a sort of anarchy. (1975) [1]

retrophoria: How it used to feel. (2018) [1]

snacreligious: Pertaining to superstition. (2015) [1]

softcopy: Text that appears on a screen rather than in print. (1967) [1]

stretchtext: A feature of hypermedia similar to outlining, however instead of drilling down lists to greater detail, the current node is replaced with a newer node. This ‘stretching’ to increase the amount of writing, or contracting to decrease it gives the feature its name. This is analogous to zooming in to get more detail. (1967) [1]

structangle: The interwoven system of ideas. [1]

sworf: "Swoop" and "morph." [1]

technoid: (also known as chipmunk) A person, or the characterisitc of, exhibiting intense interest in or proficiency with technology. [1]

transclusion: The inclusion of part or all of an electronic document into one or more other documents by hypertext reference. (1980) [1]

transcombobulate: Convert to a new way of thinking. [1]

Transcopyright™: A license where content may be freely quoted and remixed without special arrangement– but where nothing is taken out of context, everything is paid for as required, and the author's moral right is preserved.

transpointing windows: Windows containig content that are logically and physically connected with transpointing lines, used to reference one document's content in the other. hypertext reference. (1972) [1]

virtuality: The seeming of anything, as opposed to its reality. (This has been the dictionary meaning of "virtuality" since at least the 18th century). Everything has a reality and a virtuality. Nelson divides virtuality into two parts: conceptual structure and feel so in every field these have different roles. The conceptual structure of all cars are the same, but the conceptual structure of every movie is different. The reality of a car is important, but the reality of a movie is unimportant--how a shot was made is of interest only to movie buffs. [1]

zipper lists: A feature of hypertext where elements in one text would be linked to related or identical elements in other texts. (1965) [1]

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