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Comments on Ask MetaFilter post Where does 101 come from?Tue, 18 May 2004 17:55:32 -0800Tue, 18 May 2004 17:55:32 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60Question: Where does 101 come from?
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I'm in the process of teaching <i>1984</i> by George Orwell and, as we near the end of Book Three and are shown the horrors of Room 101, the question always arises: why do we use the number 101 to designate an introduction to a subject? What is the origin?post:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346Tue, 18 May 2004 17:46:03 -0800ronv101etymology1984nineteeneightyfourorwellblakeBy: John Shaft
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Is it not in reference to university courses? 100-level courses being first year (freshman) courses, '01' naturally being the first course in that subject. At least, that was the rationale behind the course numbering system at <a href="http://www.vuw.ac.nz/" _blank>my university</a>.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-145895Tue, 18 May 2004 17:55:32 -0800John ShaftBy: matteo
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alt.usage.english thread <a href="http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&threadm=350458e2.9324244%40news.u-net.com&rnum=2&prev=/groups%3Fq%3D%2522origin%2Bof%2B101%2522%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26selm%3D350458e2.9324244%2540news.u-net.com%26rnum%3D2">here</a> <br>
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"101 is the second-lowest positive integer with three<br>
digits. Furthermore, some colleges number the lowest-level courses<br>
with 100. However, 101 is indeed more commonly used for this purpose<br>
in the U.S. colleges I'm familiar with."<br>
<small></small></small>comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-145901Tue, 18 May 2004 18:09:06 -0800matteoBy: DevilsAdvocate
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What John Shaft said. I'll only add that at at least one university I've attended, zero-hundred level courses (numbered less than one hundred, but with leading zeroes so course numbers were still three digits) were used to indicated remedial courses, i.e., things you probably should have had in high school, but some people didn't.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-145904Tue, 18 May 2004 18:11:57 -0800DevilsAdvocateBy: reklaw
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All that, of course, is unrelated to Orwell's reason for using the number 101, which I believe had to do with that being the number of his room at the BBC.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-145918Tue, 18 May 2004 18:43:58 -0800reklawBy: riffola
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Don't know if this helps, but here's a bit about <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/features/room-101.shtml">Room 101</a> from the Beeb.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-145946Tue, 18 May 2004 21:15:09 -0800riffolaBy: riffola
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Oh and reklaw is almost correct, he did use the number of a meeting room at BBC. <a href="http://www.orwelltoday.com/readerroom101.shtml">Room 101 at 55 Portland Place</a>.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-145947Tue, 18 May 2004 21:17:28 -0800riffolaBy: scarabic
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<i>Is it not in reference to university courses?</i><br>
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At my university, albeit a west-coast USA place where tradition rarely prevails, all beginning courses are in the single and double digits, and all upper division course are in the triple digits. 101 is synonymous, in this system, with "your first course in this subject which isn't cake walk bullshit - pull up your pants and get ready to work"<br>
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...or, in Winston Smith's case - be worked.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-145968Tue, 18 May 2004 22:01:39 -0800scarabicBy: andrew cooke
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orwell was british. numbering courses with "101" and the like isn't done there (as far as i know, it's a purely american thing).comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-146015Wed, 19 May 2004 07:58:18 -0800andrew cookeBy: biffa
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My (British) Uni does have a 3 digit system for courses, but there is no standard assignation of 101. For example, this <a href="http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/ug/handbook.pdf">document </a>shows there are german, french and statistics 101 but no economics 101. There is no interchangeable system for numbering from uni to uni.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-146022Wed, 19 May 2004 08:10:56 -0800biffaBy: seanyboy
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Tell your students that Orwell chose the number 101 because it looked like the picture "The Scream". Oval Face / Scraming Mouth, hands covering the ears. <br>
It's a lie, but they'll never know.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-146071Wed, 19 May 2004 09:44:31 -0800seanyboyBy: whoshotwho
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I have no backing for this, but i've always associated it with room numbers -- as in, your first course would be in the first room on the first floor -- logically room 101. As you get more advanced, you proceed down the hall, to rooms 102, 103, etc, and then as you get more advanced you go upstairs to the 200s -- but like I say, I have no backing for this.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2004:site.7346-146099Wed, 19 May 2004 10:27:01 -0800whoshotwho