[Ads-l] Coinage of "Blockchain"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 2 05:43:16 UTC 2019

Here is cite for "block chain" in February 2011. This technical
message is about using the "block chain" idea from bitcoin to
re-implement and improve a payment protocol called Ripple.

Google Group: Ripple Project
Timestamp: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 04:30:42 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Bitcoin-like implementation of Ripple
From: Timón <timon.... at gmail.com>
To: Ripple Project <rippl... at googlegroups.com>


[Begin excerpt]
Two solutions come to mind.
1) The whole "credit graph" is stored in the block chain. There are
pseudo-transactions or credit transactions in the form "A signs B can
owe him up to 100 units".
The block chain would be bigger and it would contain a lot of data
that doesn't represent any real transaction. Another disadvantage is
that all the credits would be completely public.
[End excerpt]


On Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 8:05 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> The Wikipedia article on blockchain has numerous citations, but a
> quick scan suggests that the earliest citations given are in 2013,
> rather late.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain
> The Wikipedia article on Satoshi Nakamoto says he posted about bitcoin
> on a cryptography mailing list in October 2008.
> I suspect that the earliest use of "block chain" is in a technical
> paper or on a cryptography mailing list. Wikipedia points to
> mail-archive.com for Satoshi Nakamoto messages. I tried a few crude
> Google inquiries on that domain, but I did not find any strong matches
> earlier than the June 2011 citation given below from Google Groups.
> This was found with an overly restrictive query, so it should be
> possible to improve this date.
> Google group: DC650
> Timestamp: 10 Jun 2011 17:25:27 -0700
> From: travis+... at subspacefield.org
> Subject: bitcoin preso @ BAHA!
> Verification: Accessed February 1, 2019 via Google Groups Search
> [Begin excerpt]
> Date of Meeting:
> ================
> Sun 12 Jun 2011
> This month we present:
> ======================
> Brian McQueen
> On:
> Bitcoin!
> He'll give an intro to the technology, how it works, proof-of-work,
> the block chain, and how simple it is to use from the user side.
> Demonstrate some scenarios of how it works, and discuss a few projects
> that need doing.
> [End excerpt]
> The message above was about a meeting of the Bay Area Hacker's
> Association. So, someone who was a member of that group between 2008
> to 2011 might have some pertinent knowledge.
> The mail-archive.com domain did March 2009 message mentioning
> "cipher-block-chain", but this was not a reference to crypto-currency,
> and it is conceptually different. Nevertheless, it is in interesting
> syntactic precursor, and it might provide insight into how the
> crypto-currency term developed.
> https://www.mail-archive.com/openssl-users@openssl.org/msg56233.html
> [Begin excerpt]
> To: <openssl-users at openssl.org>
> Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2009 9:11 PM
> Subject: RE: des_ncbc_encrypt question
> DES_ncbc_encrypt() encrypts/decrypts using the cipher-block-chaining
> (CBC) mode of DES. If the encrypt argument is non-zero, the routine
> cipher-block-chain encrypts the cleartext data pointed to by the input
> argument into the ciphertext pointed to by the output argument, using
> the key schedule provided by the schedule argument, and initialization
> vector provided by the ivec argument.
> [End excerpt]
> Garson
> On Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 6:56 PM Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> >
> > Can anyone help me to determine the earliest use of the term "blockchain" in its cryptocurrency meaning?
> >
> >
> > Fred Shapiro
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list