Special Japanese word in IT industry

My teammate told to me APIをタタキましたか and I don’t get the ideas of what it means. It turns out he asked me whether I tried to call to the API.

Call in Japanese is 呼ぶ, if you said APIを呼び出す I think Japanese will understand also. But actually they mostly say APIを叩く, which is hits the API. It quite strange to me, but it is language - people keep saying without thinking too much about the reason they are using it.

Found this page summarize this kind of new word, very informative.

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