Just this simple comparison can show how an IT concept is adopted in the real world. How p2p became peer to peer. Or, when tech-tongue lingo gets replaced by (normal) words. It shows what comes after a hype cycle. Hopefully a long long tail.
Makes me think of a the that time prophetic Chris Anderson quote: “If the past 10 years have been about discovering post-institutional social models on the Web, then the next 10 years will be about applying them to the real world.” (2010, Wired). The graph below may not offer complete proof since the peer to peer is used in IT as well, but still we could assume that the term peer to peer refers more to a broader practice than the techy acronym p2p.
Global distribution of ‘p2p’ vs ‘peer to peer’