interesting how in most languages, the word for computer (if it's not simply a loan from english) is formed as "something that computes", but in french, the word for it, "ordinateur", is roughly "sorter"



One important information is that this word, "ordinateur", was actually crafted by IBM France, which wanted a word that was uniquely French.

They asked a couple of French linguists and the result was "ordinateur", which beat the older "calculateur".

Also interesting is that "ordinateur" was chosen because of its linguistic proximity to "ordination", which is the ceremony of ordaining a priest. IBM wanted the name to inspire reverence for their machines.

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