since latin and greek have weaseled their way into our scientific and academic lexicon, it’s always rather amusing to come across some high tech device with an earthy name of germanic origin. we place calls and send emails with our blackberrys. we use the kenning-like firewire to transfer our yodeling mp3s to and from our computing devices. we use a thunderbolt interface to do whatever that particular interface is supposed to do. but my favourite of all is the bluetooth standard.
because of its rune-like logo, i always suspected that bluetooth referred to something germanic but it wasn’t until recently that i got the full story »
The word Bluetooth is an anglicised version of the Scandinavian Blåtand, the epithet of the tenth-century King Harald I of Denmark…who united dissonant Danish tribes into a single kingdom. The implication is that Bluetooth does the same with communications protocols, uniting them into one universal standard.
bluetooth does for wireless technology standards what harald bluetooth of denmark did for the local danish tribes in the year 960? how delightfully esoteric.