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Today in History: “Internaut Day” launched 25 years ago as Web went public

Internaut Day

On August 23, 1991 — 24 years ago today — “internauts” (technical people using the internet) began to include the general public, as the World Wide Web was open to everyone after this day. The term internaut is made from a combination of “internet” and “astronaut.” Today, there are over 2.8 billion internauts!

Define Internaut
noun
any person well-trained in navigating and using the Internet

Word Origin
Inter(net) + (astro)naut

Usage Note
computing slang

jargon, World-Wide Web
(From “Internet” + “astronaut”) A person who explores the Internet (or ” cyberspace “), normally searching for information. Click Next For More Information

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