There are still some who may not have adjusted to the use of the term ‘Wi-Fi,’ regardless, it is fast finding acceptability in official quarters. The term, which denotes the wireless technology that seems to have become all-pervasive globally, has now made its entry in the newest edition of Merriam-Webster dictionary. The addition of Wi-Fi has been made to the 2005 edition of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Webster’s defines “Wi-Fi” as follows: “Wi-Fi (certification mark) – used to certify the interoperability of wireless computer networking devices.”
The official entry of Wi-Fi in the prestigious Webster dictionary has elevated its position from a term loosely used in popular expression, to a formally recognized term. Frank Hanzlik, Managing Director (MD), Wi-Fi Alliance commented, “You know you’ve truly made it when you’re in Webster’s dictionary. Wi-Fi is not only a way of life for thousands and thousands but also is now a bona fide part of the English language. Webster’s is a highly respected source for word definitions, so appearing in the dictionary lends real credibility to everything the Wi-Fi Alliance has been working toward.”
Merriam- Webster’s 2005 dictionary is in its eleventh edition and has made nearly 100 new entries, “Wi-Fi” is one of them.