endian definition data, architecture
Suffix used in the terms big-endian
that describe the ordering of bytes
in a multi-byte number.
The term comes from Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" via the famous paper "On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace" by Danny Cohen, USC/ISI IEN 137, 1980-04-01.
The Lilliputians, being very small, had correspondingly small political problems. The Big-Endian and Little-Endian parties debated over whether soft-boiled eggs should be opened at the big end or the little end.
See also middle-endian
, holy wars
, NUXI problem