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30 must-know cryptocurrency and NFT terms

Once you know the lingo, you’ll be ready to ape in, spread some FUD, and maybe even go to the moon.

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If you don’t fully understand the world of cryptocurrency and NFTs, you’re not alone. But, for newcomers, there are a handful of must-know cryptocurrency and NFT terms to help you on your journey

To a newcomer, the odd language and unfamiliar terms can make entering this strange corner of cyberspace more than a little daunting.

Ignorance is certainly bliss, but ignoring the cryptocurrency and NFT space has become an increasingly difficult endeavor. Let’s discuss some must-know terms for navigating this brave new world.

1. Airdrop

In a cryptocurrency and NFT context, airdrop means to send a free digital asset to a wallet, often as part of a promotion or event.

2. Ape in

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To “ape in” is to purchase a new cryptocurrency or NFT without doing proper research. If you don’t fully understand the project you’re investing in, you could be in for a surprise or two.

3. Asset

Asset refers to a digital asset, such as cryptocurrency or an NFT.

4. Blockchain

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Blockchains are decentralized systems that facilitate cryptocurrency transactions using peer-to-peer networking, ensuring integrity and unalterable records.

5. Bridge

Bridges facilitate the transfer of NFTs from one blockchain to another.

6. Burning

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Burning involves sending an NFT to a crypto address that no one controls in order to remove the asset from the blockchain. When you burn a digital asset, you are essentially deleting it.

7. Copycat

Copycat NFTs mimic another’s work, minting it on the blockchain to make money and defraud consumers.

8. Cryptocurrency

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Cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, is digital currency that uses blockchain technology to ensure secure and accurate transactions.

9. Crypto wallet

Crypto wallets are used to store cryptocurrency and NFTs either on a device or online platform.

10. Crypto wallet address

Wallet addresses are unique identifying keys used to send cryptocurrency and NFTs to a specific person’s wallet.

11. Delist

To delist is to cancel an NFT that’s listed for sale. This can occur for multiple reasons, including copyright infringement.

12. Diamond hands

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Diamond hands don’t sell their NFTs due to the pressures of increasing or decreasing value. An investor who hangs on to an asset for too long and to their own detriment is considered diamond hands.

13. DOA

DOA stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization. Complete control never lies with a single entity, and members vote on all important changes. Additionally, code is publicly available to ensure the integrity of the system.

14. Ethereum

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Ethereum is a popular blockchain used for NFTs and the cryptocurrency Ether (ETH).

15. Flipping

Flipping involves buying an NFT at a low price and later selling it to make a quick profit.

16. Floor price

The floor price is the lowest amount you can pay to purchase an NFT before it enters the secondary market.

17. FUD

FUD stands for “fear, uncertainty, and doubt” and can relate to negative rumors about a particular project.

18. Gas fee

Gas fees are payments made to blockchain miners to compensate for the energy used in facilitating transactions.

19. Marketplace

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Marketplaces are platforms for buying cryptocurrency and NFTs. OpenSea is one of the most-known NFT marketplaces. Coinbase (pictured above), on the other hand, is known for more standard cryptocurrencies.

20. Metadata

Metadata is all the technical information about an NFT or other digital asset.

21. Metaverse

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The metaverse is our first step to abandoning the physical realm and becoming one with the machines.

22. Minting

Minting is publishing an NFT on the blockchain for purchase and trade.

23. Paper hands

Paper hands is the opposite of diamond hands and describes someone who immediately sells under pressure.

24. OpenSea

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OpenSea is a popular NFT marketplace that supports Ethereum, Polygon, Klatyn, and Solana blockchains.

25. P2E

P2E stands for play to earn and describes games in which players receive NFTs or cryptocurrency for playing. Axie Infinity is an example of a P2E game.

26. Rug pull

A rug pull occurs when the creators of a fraudulent NFT project make off with investors’ money without delivering the promised product.

27. Secondary market

Secondary markets, such as OpenSea and Magic Eden, are where NFTs are resold after the initial sale by the artist.

28. Smart contract

Smart contracts are stored on the blockchain as lines of code and automatically execute under certain conditions.

29. Staking

Staking involves temporarily locking up an NFT in order to earn passive income in the form of cryptocurrency. Increased rewards often motivate owners to lock up their assets for longer periods of time.

30. To the moon

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To the moon is a statement made when the price of a digital asset is going up. When something is mooning, its value is rising rapidly.

Learning the language of the blockchain

Learning a few common terms won’t make you a crypto or NFT expert, but it will provide you with the language needed to navigate this unfamiliar realm.

While some terms are fairly self-explanatory, others are a little more obscure. It’s not uncommon for communities to develop a unique way of speaking that can be difficult for outsiders to decipher.

But once you know the lingo, you’ll be ready to ape in, spread some FUD, and maybe even go to the moon.

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Matt is an Australian freelance writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. His true passion is telling stories, and he hopes to one day write a novel worthy of publication.

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