Jan Ivarsson TransEdit
jan.ivarsson at TRANSEDIT.ST
Fri May 24 18:25:56 UTC 2002
>Bapopik at AOL.COM writes:
>>TOTALIZATOR--Used in horseracing and seen several places. Is
>>it a word or a brand name? From the French "totalisateur"?
James A. Landau writes:
>If I remember correctly, it is a brand name of the American Totalizator Company and refers to the mechanical or electrical >calculators (long since replaced by computers, I am sure) that were used to tabulate all the bets so that the odds could be >computed. Familiarly known as the "Tote board".
RHUD has 1875-80 for "totalizator" and 1885-90 for "totalizer", but Petit Robert, Dictionnaire de la langue francaise, gives 1869 for "totalisateur".
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