Saturday, April 4, 2020

Etymology: Do Not Try This At Home

It’s been a grueling week. How about we divert our attention for a minute or two away from the COVID-19 pandemic?

First, on the etymology (etymology - the study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time; derives from the Greek word etumos, meaning true) of a couple of common computer related terms.

Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead? - User Experience Stack ...

Don’t even get me started on the etymology of “floppy.”

RARE* Geos Work Disk Vintage Commodore 64 Original Floppy Disk ...

My second offering is unrelated to etymology and only tangentially related to COVID-19 (which btw is correctly typed in upper-case as it is shorthand for CoronaVirus Disease originating in 2019 - no mention of where, as that would be geographically correct but politically incorrect).

COVID-19 already has its own icon

The good news coming out of the COVID countrywide shutdown:


Here’s a happy thought: If AOC was still a bartender rather than a U.S. Representative harping on all things socialist, she’d be out of work now.

AOC goes back behind the bar in support of service workersHi, I’m Sandy and I’ll be your bartender tonight.

Feeling anxious? Moscow bar sells 'coronavirus' cocktail to calm ...

COVID-19 special cocktail: 1 part hydroxychloroquine, 5 parts azithromycin: do not try this at home with fish tank cleaner, which contains an entirely different etymology.