Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 15 14:50:13 UTC 2014

On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 9:53 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Major in them at Adelphi:
> It used to be that such gimmicky new words were restricted to greedy,
> cynical advertisers. Now institutions of higher learning are inventing them.
> Oh. Right. Silly me.

Sorry, what's notable about this? OED says "informatics" has been
around since 1967 (and "bioinformatics" since 1976). Formed from
Russian "informatika," with parallels in German and French. It might
be a bit more popular in the UK -- in the States you'd more often see
"information science."


Ben Zimmer

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