Robot, not ROBOT

I recently learned that the word "robot" is not an acronym.  I had assumed that, like "laser", which is short for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation", robot was a scientific coinage, but in fact it’s an early 20th century neologism from the Czech word "robota", meaning "forced labor".

Hands off the shift key, folks!


2 responses to “Robot, not ROBOT

  1. Lots more on R.U.R. and the origin of "robot" here:

  2. This is why I don\’t understand it when people say BOTS instead of bots. Crazies!

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