Who coined the term surfing the internet?

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'Surfing the internet' is a phrase meaning to spend time looking around the internet. For a long time, the person who was believed to have coined the term was Jean Armour Polly. She used the phrase in an article she wrote for the University of Minnesota Wilson Library Bulletin in June 1992. However, Mark McCahill, an American programmer who developed the Gopher protocol (a forerunner of the World Wide Web), had used the phrase in February that same year. This means that it was Mark who effectively coined the phrase, although Polly began using the term without any knowledge of McCahill's earlier usage.
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