[TUHS] Origin of "bug" (was: Grace Hopper)
Greg 'groggy' Lehey
grog at lemis.com
Sun Dec 10 13:20:09 AEST 2017
On Saturday, 9 December 2017 at 16:30:57 -0800, Bakul Shah wrote:
> May be it is derived from ???bugbear???? As per Merriam-Webster:
> 1) an imaginary goblin or specter used to excite fear
> 2) a source of dread, a continuing source of irritation: a problem.
> First known use 1552.
OED suggests that both our "bug" and "bugbear" are derived from "bug"
(An insect or other arthropod). It agrees with the 1552 date:
1552 R. King Funerall Serm. sig. F.iiiiv Momishe mopers whiche can do
none other thyng else, but mope vppon ther bookes, to make vs
afraied of shadowes and buggeberes.
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