"It's Not a Bug, It's a Feature"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 6 17:12:08 UTC 2003

I'm trying to trace the earliest usage of the computer saying "It's not a
bug, it's a feature."  The earliest on Gooja is Jan. 25, 1983.  The
earliest on Nexis is Mar. 21, 1985 for a wire service story and July 1989
for a print publication.  Can anyone supply earlier evidence (pre-July
1989 in print or pre-Jan. 25, 1983 for any kind of source)?

Fred Shapiro

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