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dateline: 04 February 2014

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New Internet Suffixes To Hit The Market

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • suffix: a word ending; the last part of a domain name
  • domain name: word used to identify a web address
  • rollout: the slow release or introduction of something new
  • go live: to become available to the public
  • fraud: lying or cheating for one’s own financial gain
  • costly: expensive

New Internet Suffixes To Hit The Market

Approximately 1,000 new domain suffixes are going up for sale, including domains. One of the first to go live contained Arabic script that translates to “web”. For many years, the domain name system has been a handful of Latin character suffixes, including, .com, .edu, and .net, as well as country codes, such as .us, .th (Thailand), or .ca (Canada). In addition to brand name suffixes, some of the new suffixes that are expected to go live are .shop, .clothing, and .work. With the rollout of the new suffixes, some large companies fear that they will need to register their with several new domain names in order to prevent fraud. This could become very costly and for businesses. , many small businesses that were unable to claim their own dot com name are very excited about the change.

  1. What major change is happening to the Internet?
  2. Why does the report mention Arabic script?
  3. What concern do some businesses have about this change?

Discussion Question: Do you think there are more pros or more cons associated with this major change to the Internet as we know it?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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