[Ads-l] Antedating of "Bit"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 28 20:17:33 UTC 2014

The OED's first use of the computer term "bit" is dated 1948.  However, Wikipedia states that John W. Tukey "had written a Bell Labs memo on 9 January 1947 in which he contracted 'binary digit' to simply 'bit.'"

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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