31 Jan '12, 4pm

Engineers: What’s in a Name?

Engineers: What’s in a Name?

Source: Google Ngram Note: The y-axis represents the frequency of the indicated term in the entire Google Ngram database of 5.2 million books in a given year. The x- and y-axes differ in scale from graph to graph. Click on the image to see graphs of other professional terms. If you were looking for a computer job on the Mark I, you might have described yourself as a coder, not a programmer , a term that wouldn't emerge until the 1950s. In the late '50s you could have added computer operator to the job hunt, but a decade later the computing community realized these jobs were not as easy as they seemed, so it created terms like software engineer . Other suggestions (possibly in jest) included flow-charts‑man, comptologist , and even turingineer . More serious options included informatician or datolotist . "It's not just word preference, it's identity," says University of Tex...

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