A Requiem for the Bookmark: Refresh That, Favor This

A Requiem for the Bookmark: Refresh That, Favor This

From time to time, when teaching students about the Internet, I catch myself telling students to “hit reload or suggesting that they “bookmark that.”

These are Netscape-era terms, and while Internet Explorer is dominant now, I can’t seem to unlearn those terms.

It’s a simple matter to correct myself and say, “Sorry, I meant, ‘hit refresh,'” but saying ‘Add it to My Favorites” is clunky, and telling them to “favor it” is meaningless.

Microsoft uses “bookmark” to refer to something completely different.