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Where did the word computer come from?
According to the Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology (Robert Barnhart, ed., NY: HarperCollins, 1995), computer came into use in English in 1646 as a word for a 'one who computes' and then by 1897 as a 'mechanical calculating machine'. The word referred to an electronic machine by 1946. It is formed from the word compute, which was borrowed in 1631 from French, which was a learned borrowing from Latin computare, meaning 'to count, sum up; reckon'.