Pronunciation Of "www"
W.W.W. is an acronym for World Wide Web. In English, W.W.W. is the longest possible three-letter acronym when spoken, requiring six to nine syllables, depending on how they pronounced it, whereas the twelve letters in "World Wide Web" are pronounced with three syllables. The English writer Douglas Adams once quipped:The World Wide Web is the only thing I know of whose shortened form takes three times longer to say than what it's short for. —Douglas Adams, The Independent on Sunday, 1999
Tim Berners-Lee rejected suggestions to change the World Wide Web name over pronunciation issues, arguing that this peculiar feature of the name would make it memorable. As his invention gradually gained ubiquity, it came to be called simply the Web.