En réponse à John Cowan <[log in to unmask]>: > "Carlos Eugenio Thompson (EDC)" wrote: > > > Well, I guess English derived _computer_ from the English verb _to > compute_ which in turn comes from Latin (probably via French). > > Direct from Latin ("computer" used to mean "a person who does > calculations"); > if it had come through French, it would be "compt" or the like. > Not really: French has both "compter" and "computer", from the same origin (computare in Latin). The first is the common word (meaning "to count") while the second is a learned word (meaning more or less "to carry out a long calculation"). The learned word is out of use nowadays though. Christophe.