Wiki Edit

Patrick Taylor, an etymologist, has written the following definition of wiki for the 2004 American Heritage Dictionary.

wiki, abbreviation of WikiWikiWeb, name given in 1995 by American computer programmer Ward Cunningham to his new code, which permits the easy development of collaborative websites whose content can be edited by anyone with access to them. From Hawaiian wikiwiki fast, speedy, reduplication of wiki fast, akin to Tahitian viti and vitiviti, deft, alert, well done, both from Proto-Eastern-Polynesian *witi.