Have You Ever Wondered Why ....?
In this computer age, we all are familiar with the terms 'bit' and 'byte' as they relate to computers. (Okay, most of us know...) The term 'bit' originated from binary digit and described what was at the time the smallest measure of information on a machine ...only able to hold one value, either a 0 or a 1. Do you know what you call 8 bits in a row? A byte ...pronounced 'bite' ...now tell me someone did not have their tongue firmly lodged in their cheek when they decided on that nomenclature! Okay, so a byte represents 8 consecutive bits ...but it gets worse, folks. What if you don't feel like a whole 'byte' today? You can settle for just half of a byte which is appropriately named a nibble! See 'tongue in cheek' reference above. And some people say the nerdy scientific types have no sense of humor!
But even the non-science related aspects of the language can be confusing. Ever get tangled up trying to figure out if you want to ensure or insure something? How about affect or effect something? How about this one ...if 'notoriety' is such a good thing, why is being notorious such a bad thing? And this one ...if labeling someone inept at something means they are really a screw up at that particular thing, why then aren't people referred to as ept if they are really GOOD at something?
Then there's the whole 'hot water heater' thing. Ask a dozen people what they think the problem might be if your shower won't draw hot water and at least 10 of them will tell you the hot water heater is out. Well, folks, it's a water heater not a hot water heater. If the water was already hot, why in the world would you need to heat it?
These are just random thoughts the likes of which rattle through my head on a daily basis. Yes, it is scary to be me sometimes!
Labels: Simple Musings and Silly Stories