Meaing of "Mac"

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    whooleytoo

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    (Warning: Useless trivia thread! :D)

    Ever wonder why you treat your Mac like it's one of the family? Here's why:

    The name "Mac" is (obviously!) short for Macintosh.
    Macintosh is a type of Apple, originating in Ontario, Canada.
    The apple got it's name from the orchard's owner, John McIntosh.
    McIntosh (or MacIntosh) is Gaelic, meaning "Son of the Chief".
    When shortened to "Mac", it just means "son".

    No wonder people get so attached!

    [Edit: typo in subject fixed!]
     
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    Moxiemike

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    Re: Meaing of "Mac"

    nice etymology man!
     
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    AmigoMac

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    Didn't you know it?

    My
    Awesome
    Computer
     
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    whooleytoo

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    Re: Didn't you know it?

    Oh, I thought it stood for: "Macs Are Cool" (Sorry, GNU joke!)

    Speaking of acronyms, The Register had a mini-competition about what "RTM" now means.. it used to mean "Released to Manufacturing", but thanks to Microsoft and Longhaul (sorry, Longhorn) it now means "Reinvent the Milestones"! :D

    Mike.
     
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    aethier

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    WEll isn't that an intrigueing idea..

    aethier
     
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    MacsRgr8

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    Re: Meaning of "Mac"


    Mac = Son
    In = "of"
    Tosh = Steve

    Now I get it!
    :)
     
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    whooleytoo

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    Re: Re: Meaning of "Mac"

    :D

    Previously rejected names:

    MacInJobs..
    MacInWoz..
    MacInTheOtherFounderThatNoOneRemembers!!

    Mike.
     
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    bennetsaysargh

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    that's awesome! i never knew that.
    thanks for the explanation. steve was probably just eating a macintosh apple when he was thinking for the name of the computer:p
     
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    topicolo

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    Re: Re: Re: Meaning of "Mac"

    I think they were rejected because they sounded like

    Mackin' Jobs
    Mackin' Woz
    Mackin' theOtherfounderTHatNoOneRemembers

    Sorry, I couldn't resist :)
     

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