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03 Sep 2005 00:12 PDT
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what is meant by a tally and how old is it? Why is it used?
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Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 03 Sep 2005 00:34 PDT
Hello robyman, The word "tally" originated in English circa 1440, though it goes back in Anglo-Latin to 1189. Originally, it was a stick with notches used for accounting. It developed the meaning "'a thing that matches another'" by 1651, and the modern meaning of "'a total score'" by 1856. Page 2 of letter "t" [under "tally"] Online Etymology Dictionary http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?l=t&p=1 "Tally Sticks, c 1440" Science and Society Picture Library http://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/results.asp?image=10302722&wwwflag=2&imagepos=1 "Tallys and Technologies," by Dave Birch (2002) The History of Computing Project http://www.thocp.net/timeline/papers/tallies.pdf - justaskscott Search strategy -- Searched on Google for combinations of these terms: tally etymology tallie talea 1440
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