Date: Sat, 21 Feb 1998 15:20:32 -0500
From: Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IS2.NYU.EDU
Subject: Computer terms: "cookies"

I thought I'd forward this from the Linguist list, since I know there are
folks on ADS-L who know about cyberlanguage, and may have comments. Reply to
the person in the "From" line below.

Greg D./NYU


Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 13:45:49 +0000
From: monika.bruendl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]
Subject: Computer terms: "cookies"

Dear fellow-linguists,
can anyone tell me anything about the etymology resp. the sense
development of the computer term "cookie"? One definition I found in
"Among The New Words" in American Speech says:
"Cookies are bits of computer code that allow a Web page's operators
to collect information about each user for later reference." ,
but I still can't understand the motivation for calling this a
cookie. It must be a metaphorical meaning, but what kind of meaning
elements are being transferred here?
Thank you for your help!
Monika Bruendl.
Monika Bruendl, M.A.
monika.bruendl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]