"floppy disk"--why "floppy"?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu May 10 04:11:56 UTC 2001

At 12:04 PM -0400 5/10/01, James A. Landau wrote:
>     One more item:  for quite some time it was unsettled whether the proper
>spelling was "disk drive" or "disc drive".  "Disk" won out, perhaps because
>"discette" is not a plausible spelling.
Well, it depends what you're spelling.  Maybe it's just that it's
lunchtime, but for me this conjures up some tasty round pasta forms,
pronounced of course [di SHET te].  A little freshly grated parmesan
on mine, please.


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