"chad"--a possible origin

Mark Odegard markodegard at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 19 22:17:55 UTC 2000

>From: "Douglas G. Wilson"

>Robert Hendrickson presents a possibly indistinguishable one: "chad" <
>"chat" = "gravel"/"mining refuse"

'Mining refuse', even 'mine tailings'. This *does* make sense, with as much
semantic logic as does an alteration of 'chaff'. And it could indeed be
British/Scots in origin. What kind of tape/punchcards were used during WWII
and immediately thereafter in the UK?

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