The backlash against accessing the Internet using a WAP-enabled cell phone or other wireless device. Also: WAP lash or WAP-lash.
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This week we look at one of the snappiest words to talk its way into the language of the new economy. In a cutting edge dictionary it comes between Walmartian (someone who buys everything from jump leads to jewellery at Wal-Mart) and warpig (a very ugly person). The word which is keeping the wireless industry awake at night is WAPlash.
— "Mobile Net on track despite consumer WAPlash," South China Morning Post, April 3, 2002
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When the first WAP phones appeared early this year, many Wall Street analysts cheered. They called WAP the key to jump-starting e-commerce over mobile phones. They said WAP would make it easier to buy flowers, order books and check bank-account balances. WAPlash? By summer, a WAP backlash was well under way.
— Reinhardt Krause, "Does Standard For Wireless Web Pages Have Legs?," Investor's Business Daily, September 15, 2000
What I want to know is, who's the genius who thought people would actually want to view Internet data on a teensy cell phone screen? And who are the near-geniuses who didn't immediately slap that person upside the head for suggesting such a silly thing?
The earliest citation I could find for WAPlash was the headline "Wap-lash" that appeared in the February 3, 2000 issue of New Media Age, which, not at all coincidentally, was right around the time when the first WAP-enabled phones hit the streets. Unfortunately, that cite might be a play on whiplash since the article discusses a failed WAP demonstration.
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