[Ads-l] Possible Slight Antedatings of "Bitcoin"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 6 20:24:52 UTC 2021

Here's what we had for "bitcoin" in the Spring 2014 installment of "Among
the New Words" (AmSp 89.1, covering 2013 ADS WOTY nominees):

[2008 Aug 18 domain registration _bitcoin.org_
2008 Oct 31 Satoshi Nakamoto _Bitcoin Project_
http://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf (head) Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic
Cash System

On Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 4:06 PM Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:

> The OED's first use for the word "Bitcoin" is dated 1 Nov. 2008.
> Wikipedia has the following information:
> On 18 August 2008, the domain name bitcoin.org was registered.[11]<
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_bitcoin#cite_note-11> Later that
> year, on 31 October, a link to a paper authored by Satoshi Nakamoto<
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satoshi_Nakamoto> titled Bitcoin: A
> Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System[12]<
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_bitcoin#cite_note-whitepaper-12>
> was posted to a cryptography mailing list.[13]<
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_bitcoin#cite_note-13>
> I am not sure where Wikipedia gets these dates from, or whether they are
> valid and meet OED standards, but I am pointing them out as possible
> antedatings.

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