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Q: mathematic history ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: mathematic history
Category: Science > Math
Asked by: robyman-ga
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Posted: 03 Sep 2005 00:12 PDT
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Question ID: 563808
what is meant by a tally and how old is it? Why is it used?
Subject: Re: mathematic history
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

Page 2 of letter "t" [under "tally"]
Online Etymology Dictionary

"Tally Sticks, c 1440"
Science and Society Picture Library

"Tallys and Technologies," by Dave Birch (2002)
The History of Computing Project

- justaskscott

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