"floppy disk"--why "floppy"?

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu May 10 19:31:24 UTC 2001

Or [di SHET] in southern dialects (of Italy, that is). Please add a
little garlic to mine, but hold it for larry if he says so.


>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.

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston at pilot.msu.edu
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