A 'White Fluffy Thing'
Just 16 percent of respondents selected a definition of the cloud as a "computer network to store, access and share data from Internet-connected devices."
Instead, a majority, or 28 percent, said it really is a cloud in the sky, or something related to the weather.
Some individual responses, which totaled 17 percent, called it a white fluffy thing, a mysterious network, toilet paper, a pillow, smoke, heaven, sadness and outer space.
"People understand the cloud is out there, but they don’t know exactly what it does," McCafferty said. "I know my mother has no idea of what I do."