[OT] Why is it called string?

Travis Whitton whitton at atlantic.net
Thu Aug 21 16:30:26 CEST 2003

> "In computing, the word 'bit' is an abbreviation of what two other words?"

Wow, I had no idea it was an abbreviation either. Luckily, dict had the answer
waiting for me:

>From Jargon File (4.3.0, 30 APR 2001) [jargon]:

  bit n. [from the mainstream meaning and `Binary digIT']

It's nice to see the occasional thread on computing history rather than the
endless stream of coding issues.


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