blemay0 at MCHSI.COM
Fri Dec 17 19:40:49 UTC 2004
> Sender: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster: Erik Hoover <grinchy at GRINCHY.COM>
> It strikes me on reading this that there is a less-strained metaphor if
> "crunching numbers" and "number-crunching" refer originally to the
> mechanical calculators or "adding machines" that were once commonplace
> in business.
> The noise of such devices can be quite, ah, crunchy.
...and some adding machines worked with a lever you were required to pull
downward as if operating a press. That motion would visually suggest
Bill Le May
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