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11Apr/150

A Bit on Bits

Electric Razor: 1010001¢

Electric Razor: 1010001¢

My precious daughters and I were watching an old Betty Boop cartoon (transferred from the original nitrate to 1080p) which included a sign for an electric razor priced at "6 1/2 bits". Knowing "two bits" represents a quarter dollar, making one bit ⅛ of a dollar, I wondered if a "bit" in computer-terminology was etymologically related.

They are not.

The ⅛ of a byte bit is shorthand for "binary digit"– a term which won out over such competing candidates as "bigit" or "binit"

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