[Bitcoin-development] "bits": Unit of account

Mike Caldwell mcaldwell at swipeclock.com
Sun Apr 20 20:28:34 UTC 2014


By culturally neutral I mean we avoid deliberately invoking a cultural reference in the name.  For example "satoshi" would be a reference to Japanese culture just for being a common Japanese name regardless of who Satoshi turns out to be. 

Mike

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> On Apr 20, 2014, at 1:20 PM, "Christophe Biocca" <christophe.biocca at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Culturally neutral? "bit" in French phonetically collides with slang
> for phallus ("bitte", with a silent "e"). Apparently it means "louse"
> in Turkish as well.
> 
> Not that this really would be avoidable with any short word (all the
> short possible words are usually taken), but it's not neutral.
> 
>> On Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM, Oliver Egginger <bitcoin at olivere.de> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> 
>> just my two 'cents':
>> 
>> Terms arises by itself. Just as most people speak of coins when they
>> mean bitcoins. I do not see that bitcoin is currently in common use
>> except for speculation. Therefore no term for smaller units has
>> established yet. No problem in my eyes. Time will tell.
>> 
>> - oliver
>> 
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