[ih] Fwd: nomenclature

Vint Cerf vint at google.com
Wed Dec 23 10:33:06 PST 2009

steve may have the best explanation; as I recall, it was sort of a  
of the notion of a host (at an event - providing for the attendees/ 
and "host" in the sense of  biological host to a parasite (!).


On Dec 23, 2009, at 12:47 PM, Dave CROCKER wrote:

> Folks,
> Howdy.
> This popped up on a list I track.
> I remember that the term 'host' was one of the bits of mind-share  
> that the Arpanet created..  But I don't recall hearing why that  
> particular term was chosen.
> Do any of you remember why?
> Bonus points for any additional background on the who and how.
> Thanks.
> d/
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: nomenclature
> Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 11:48:57 -0500
> So, someone asked me the other day why computers were called  
> 'hosts'. I
> gave some silly, half-mumbled answer about how they "host" software
> applications, but I've been reading this interesting, if somewhat dry,
> book (The Horse, the Wheel, and Language) about the development of the
> European and South Asian languages from Proto-Indo European, which  
> has a
> "*ghosti" precursor word (which means roughly "the guest/host
> hospitality obligation relationship") and it got me wondering again.
> Anyone have a better answer for me? Why are computers called "hosts"?
> -- 
>  Dave Crocker
>  Brandenburg InternetWorking
>  bbiw.net

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