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I chose to find the entomology of a word that most people can usually not go through a day without using at least once computer With the explosion of the personal computer in the last ten years most households in America own at least one However the meaning of the word computer has changed in the last century The word itself is found in text as far back as 1646 when Sir T Brown said The calendars of these computers The use of computer in this sense as defined by the OED is one who computes a calculator reckoner a person employed to make calculations in an observatory in surveying etcThen around 1897 the use of computer began to change In the January 22 edition of Engineering this usage appeared This was a computer made by Mr W Cox He described it as of the nature of a circular slide rule This usage began the change of the definition In the supplement to the OED computer is now defined as a calculating machine an automatic electronic device for performing mathematical or logical operationThe word computer stems from the verb compute which came from the French comput-r and the Latin computa-re It was formed by adding com - together and putare - to clear up settle reckon Together compute means to estimate or determine by arithmetical or mathematical reckoning to calculate reckon count Then from the word compute the suffix er was added giving us the definitions we have for computer today2 In an effort to further understand language the field of psycholinguistics formed to study the psychological side of language Language has many different functions such as communication expressing emotion explaining ideas to create relationships and recording ideas Without the use of language it would be nearly impossible to explain the history of anything Language allows for the communication that is necessary for survival It is not only humans who benefit from language either Bees
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