What's the Difference Between Interweb and Internet?

Interweb isn't really a thing

The term interweb is a combination of the words "internet" and "web." The word is most often used jokingly or sarcastically by someone who is tech-savvy from the perspective of someone unfamiliar with the internet or technology in general.

For example, "How do I cyber my email to the interweb?" Given its humorous connotation, interweb is commonly found in memes.

white interweb text on blue background

Interweb Usage Examples

The following are some examples where the word might be used:

  • Look at me! I'm on the interwebs!
  • Just look it up on the interwebs.
  • I got lost in the interwebs!
  • Do you think that the interwebs could help me find that recipe?
  • Can someone help me facegram my instabook on the interwebs?

Interweb is sometimes spelled interwebs, interwebz, or intarwebs to emphasize the ignorance of some people about technology concepts. You might also see the word used in a phrase like "teh interweb," where "the" is spelled wrong on purpose to further mock the person being discussed.

When to Use Interweb vs. Internet

Interweb should be used only in an informal context among friends. You'll likely get a chuckle if you include it in a text message, email, meme, or social media post when joking around with people you know will understand the reference.

However, refrain from using it to mean internet in professional settings. It might be tempting to poke fun at someone by tossing around the term in any of its spellings, but when you're dealing with employees, bosses, co-workers, clients, or other professional associates, it's best to stick to regular dictionary words.

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