Questions concerning terminology, jargon, abbreviations, acronyms and phrases that are essential to the cryptocurrency community.

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Plain text for the Bitcoin symbol

It seems that the most widely used symbol for Bitcoin is a B with two vertical lines through it1. It makes sense, as a single letter with a line or two through it is common for many currencies. Is ...
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What's the difference between a bitcoin client and wallet?

I would like to know what is the difference between a client and wallet.
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Is Bitcoin deflationary and inflationary at the same time?

I was wondering as Bitcoin is represented in the public and media as a deflationary currency (for more adept media as payment protocol). Is it really deflationary? Deflation is described on Wikipedia ...
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Is the word “coin” a proper bitcoin term?

I have noticed that some people speak of "coins". As far as I can tell, by "coin" they mean a transaction output. Is this a correct understanding? Is it helpful to use the word "coin"?
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What is “Midas”?

I've recently noticed the term "midas" creep up in crypto currency related conversations, in phrases like "might implement midas". Can anybody enlighten me on what this is, preferably with links. ...
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What does “ASIC” means?

I stumbled on this terms "ASIC" and " ASIC Miner", what does it means? Is this something related to special hardware?
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What is meant by Bitcoin dust?

I've seen the term "dust" used to describe small transactions that might be considered as spam by the Bitcoin network. Is there is a generally accepted definition of this term?
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What is the difference between kH/s, MH/s, and GH/s?

I started mining on a friend's computer and it shows 300 kH/s. But when I research other peoples' hash rates I usually see MH/s. Are these speeds the same as kilobytes and megabytes? Also, when I say ...
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What does it mean that fork is required? [duplicate]

In bitcoin related discussions people often say that something may require a "hard fork". What do they mean? What is a fork?
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What is the correct term for bitcoin market cap?

Market capitalization is a term that is usually used to refer to the total value of the shares of a company. Given that bitcoin is not a company, is there a better term than market cap that we should ...
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What are colored coins?

What exactly are colored coins? I've tried understanding, but I don't quite get it yet . . . Do any examples exist?
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Is Bitcoin a currency?

This question seems to be asked every now and then when legal status of Bitcoin is discussed - Is Bitcoin a currency? What are the characteristics that would make it a currency, and what makes it ...
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What does PPS mean/stand for?

On many mining pools/bonds I see things listed as 105% PPS / 110% PPS weekly payout. What does PPS actually mean?
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What does BIP mean?

There is a lot of reference to BIP 16, 17 and the likes. What does BIP actually stand for? I'm unsure if this is a programming reference or a Bitcoin specific reference; either way I'm stumped.
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Bitcoin Dictionary

Is there a website that aggregates all technical and jargon terms used by the Bitcoin community? In other words, is there some compact reference guide that could serve as a "Bitcoin Dictionary"?
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Where should one suggest new terminology?

What is the proper place to suggest Bitcoin-related terminology that one believes should be used by the community? For example, when one wants to standardise some terms people use to describe ...
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What is the collective name for Bitcoin, Namecoin, etc?

Is there some standard term to describe all Bitcoin-like internet currencies, like Solidcoin, Namecoin and so forth? Like "currency" is to dollar, euro, yen, etc?
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Bitcoin grammar

Should "bitcoin" be used as a countable noun admitting a singular and a plural (so that one says "600 bitcoins are in this wallet") or as a mass noun, (like "water" or "money") (so that one says "How ...
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What is the difference between BitCoin, Bitcoin, and bitcoin?

I've seen several capitalizations of the term "bitcoin". What do all these mean?
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What are bitcoin “confirmations”?

When I receive bitcoins I see a certain number of "confirmations" in the client. What do these mean? Why do most sites make me wait for 6 "confirmations" before a purchase will go through?