On several occasions I’ve heard people use the word “wiki” as if it were a name for Wikipedia, e.g.: “I was reading wiki’s article about France the other day…,” or “oh, that’s interesting; I’ll have to look that up on wiki.” This is really strange — the latter example even sounds ungrammatical to me.
Wiki is a type or category of
website — wikis are websites that anybody can
anybody) and which have a radically simplified markup
syntax with easy internal linking (
[[Links like this]]).
Ward’s Wiki (the
WikiWikiWeb) was the first wiki, but there are many others (the
Wikipedia and the EmacsWiki, to name two).
“Wiki” doesn’t refer to some particular
calling Wikipedia ‘wiki’
is like calling Microsoft ‘MS’ in that it‘s
somewhat ambiguous — MS could mean master of science,
multiple sclerosis, Mississippi, or any number of other things.
But using “wiki” in this manner is much more
ambiguous than that — imagine if Microsoft abbreviated to
some short word which meant “software company!”
Please, think of the kittens.