[Ads-l] TTYL (1985), FWIW (1989)

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 2 12:32:58 EDT 2016


Here's a couple of earlier FWIWs from Usenet, also added to
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/FWIW

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1986 August 27, Ries, Marc A., “Re: UNIX v.3 Query”, in net.unix,
Usenet[1], retrieved 2 July 2016, message-ID <1267 at trwrb.UUCP>:

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Supposidly, SVR3 was developed on the 400 line, and ports to the
3B5/15 line are not due out until early next year. FWIW.
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[1] https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/net.unix/l5gsWNxly2U/Ue77BxuG624J

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1987 January 6, Daul, William, “B-52's don't fly out of Moffett Naval
Air Station”, in mod.politics.arms-d, Usenet[2], retrieved 2 July
2016, message-ID <8701070354.AA12777 at ucbvax.Berkeley.EDU>:

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I spoke with a person that was a crew member of a P3-ORION out of
Moffett. Although the Navy will not admit or deny the presence of
nuclear depth-charges...he said that they routinely carry them during
training...in case the training turns into the REAL thing while they
are in the air. FWIW,
--Bi//

(For What It Is Worth)
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[2] https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/mod.politics.arms-d/cslZsUl_G7w/Mkl2BWlkeWsJ

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Hugo




> Date:    Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:19:15 -0400
> From:    Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: TTYL (1985), FWIW (1989)
>
> The latest OED additions include a number of Internet abbreviations.
>
> http://public.oed.com/the-oed-today/recent-updates-to-the-oed/june-2016-update/new-words-notes-june-2016/
> http://public.oed.com/the-oed-today/recent-updates-to-the-oed/june-2016-update/new-words-list-june-2016/
>
> I supplied early examples of many of these for Computerworld in 2008:
>
> http://www.pcworld.com/article/153504/fwiw_the_origins_of_net_shorthand.html
>
> The earliest OED cite for "TTYL" ("talk to you later") is a 1988 Usenet
> post. Here it is in a message archived by Textfiles from Feb. 23, 1985:
>
> *http://www.textfiles.com/messages/BACKWATER/bw850223.txt
> <http://www.textfiles.com/messages/BACKWATER/bw850223.txt>*
>
>  "FWIW" ("for what it's worth") is dated to a 1991 appearance in the
> Guardian. It appeared on a list dated July 15, 1989 (republished here in
> 1991):
>
> http://www.textfiles.com/humor/COMPUTER/emoticon.txt
>
> Garson also noted an appearance of "FWIW" in the Aug. 1990 issue of OCLC
> Micro:
>
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2011-April/108532.html
>
> --bgz

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