Re: [cosmacelf] Re: Why was it called ELF?
- Believe it or not, "Elf" does not stand for anything. It simply means "small".
From: William Donnelly <william@...>
To: cosmacelf <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 12:33 pm
Subject: Re: [cosmacelf] Re: Why was it called ELF?
Experimental Low-cost F(RED) could be a bacronym. (by us or Weisbecker)
Or it could be a real acronym if F.R.E.D. was a sparkle in Weisbecker's eye before/when
he created the ELF/Elf, and meant the ELF to be a simpler FRED.
If there was some linguistic association with 'ELF' and 'FRED" (anyone know of an Elf named Fred
prior to 1976?), like 'PIXIE', then there would be a stronger case for it.
There is a poem/limerick: (unknown date and author, afaict)
There once was an elf named Fred
Whose house was of gingerbread.
Though tasty, these walls
Dissolved in snowfalls
And also made crumbs in Fred's bed.
Anyone know if Weisbecker had a sense if humor? He was an EE, so....
(I'll let you decide which way that might be, or should be, meant)
'PIXIE' is also interesting if you want to think of 'pixel'.
[ dictionary.com says: pix·el [pik-suhl, -sel] noun Computers, Television.
the smallest element of an image that can be individually processed in a video display system.
Origin: 1965–70; pix2 (def 1) + el(ement) ]
I've always liked to capitalize Elf, not uppercase it. And there is good evidence that it
was intended by Weisbecker to be capitalized and not uppercased, except as the
title of the article. I checked the (first) article and I didn't see it as anything but "Elf".
So it's most-probably my suggestion of a "small" computer, which is probably a common
usage, although I don't know how you would prove that one way or the other.
But that still (possibly/potentially) doesn't completely explain it, if it is even true.
On 4/29/2013 8:28 AM, Rick Cortese wrote:
Looking at the title text that goes with it (E)xperimental (L)ow cost but the 'F is less obvious. I would suggest from Dave's post(F)RED, which he said stood for "Flexible Recreational and Educational Device."
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Kevin" <kriceslo@...> wrote:
> Very astute. It would be blown up like the Apollo rumor.
- I have an email into that address. Haven't heard anything, but it
hasn't bounced, either. I'll post any response.
73 de Ray
On Apr 29, 2013, at 12:13 PM, jdrose_8_bit wrote:
> I remember seeing her posts at another groupsite. She seemed
> friendly and open to correspondence. Give it a go. Would be
> interesting to know if she remembers the history of the "Elf" name.
On 4/29/2013 9:40 AM, didio4@... wrote:
Believe it or not, "Elf" does not stand for anything. It simply means "small".
- --- In email@example.com, didio4@... wrote:
>Regarding the PE 1802 Elf, how do you know that?
> Believe it or not, "Elf" does not stand for anything. It simply means "small".