What is the etymology of the word 'prepend'?
January 25, 2012 9:52 AM Subscribe
As I understand it, 'prepend' is common computer jargon to mean the opposite of append.
In a little debate with some of my computer science colleagues, they claim that it is an actual English word with that meaning, while I contend that it's computer jargon that was invented out of convenience and that 'prepend' is actually an archaic word that means something similar to pondering.
posted by bushmango to Writing & Language (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Language is far from my expertise, which is why I ask you MeFites your opinions :) Is 'prepend' (to append before) an English word with a long and storied history of use, or is it a new word that is being added to the language since the advent of computing? And what is it's etymology?