ASCII is older than you think!
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 95 13:47:04 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: ASCII is older than you think!
Forwarded-by: email@example.com (Bob Stein)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Liam Quin)
I was looking at my 1837 copy of Johnson's Dictionary, when I came across
the following entry:
ASCII n s. [from the greek] Those people who,
at certain times of the year, have no shadow at
noon; such are the inhabitatants of the torrid
[Lest you think this is a joke, a much more recent dictionary, my 1941 Funk &
Wagnall's Standard Universal Dictionary of the English Language (the first one
I checked in) has:
as'cians [I can't reproduce the pronunciation very well with ascii,
but the c is soft, as in "ash'yanz"] n. pl. Shadowless men;
inhabitants of the torrid zone, who twice in the year cast
no shadow at noon. a'sci-i.
This puts "ascii" right up there with "email" as a current, high-tech word with
a nearly-forgotten, no-tech past... -psl]
© 1995 Peter Langston