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robot (n.) 1923, from English translation of 1920 play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's [...]


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robot (n.)

1923, from English translation of 1920 play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots"), by Karel Capek (1890-1938), from Czech robotnik "forced worker," from robota "forced labor, compulsory service, drudgery," from robotiti "to work, drudge," from an Old Czech source akin to Old Church Slavonic rabota "servitude," from rabu "slave," from Old Slavic

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bot (n.)

in internet sense, c. 2000, short for robot. Its modern use has curious affinities with earlier uses, such as "parasitical worm or maggot" (1520s), of unknown origin; and Australian-New Zealand slang "worthless, troublesome person" (World War I-era).
Monday 19 March 2018, 19:29:37
Phillpots
slang (n.)

1756, "special vocabulary of tramps or thieves," later "jargon of a particular profession"
Monday 19 March 2018, 19:33:53
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