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How "special register groups" invaded computer dictionaries for decades
For some reason, a 1960 definition of [a computer's] "central processing unit" included "special register groups", an obscure feature from the Honeywell 800 mainframe. This definition was copied and changed for decades, even though it doesn't make sense. It appears that once something appears in an authoritative glossary, people will reuse it for decades, and obsolete terms may never die out.

Additionally, the "main frame" was a Honeywell term for the large physical frame which held the CPU. History!
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11 weeks ago by jm

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