"chad"--a possible origin
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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