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  • brian_cirulnick
    ... Don t be dissing Grace. While she didn t coin the term as it related to engineering, she popularized it as it related to SOFTWARE, a totally different
    Message 1 of 10 , Sep 3, 2009
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      --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, Evan Koblentz <evan@...> wrote:
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      > Nobody denies there WAS a literal bug in the computer. The problem is
      > she's widely and falsely credited with coining the term itself, despite
      > the term going back to the 1800s.
      >


      Don't be dissing Grace. While she didn't coin the term as it related to engineering, she popularized it as it related to SOFTWARE, a totally different field than it was normally attributed to.

      Remember that every field has it's own lingo, and in some cases there's some crossover. She happened to have the incident noted, and the clout of enough people re-writing what she said to "re-invent" the term for the software industry at a time where it was still forming it's own lingo.

      That's the hisorical context of everything -- being in the right place at the right time.
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