Re: Wetware



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Peter Ladkin (ladkin(at)TechFak.Uni-Bielefeld.DE)
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 19:01:48 +0100


>The many postings on this topic suggest that, regardless of its >origin, the term "Wetware" is far from intutive. Intuitive it was not meant to be. Mildly comic it certainly was meant to be when coined. It's been around for a decade, so established it certainly is. The Hacker's Dictionary itself has been around since 1983 and has been explicitly cited in Safire's Language column (a firmer way of becoming (at)establishment' I do not know). A version even appears in treeware [op. cit.] (MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-68079-3). >I must admit, I much prefer the term "lifeware" to represent the >human aspects of a system. The Hacker's Dictionary once again: liveware /li:v'weir/ n. 1. Synonym for wetware. Less common. 2. [Cambridge] Vermin. "Waiter, there's some liveware in my salad ..." There's no entry for (at)lifeware'. So, who will become the new Roget? Peter Ladkin


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