The Strange Roots

Cache 💰

Cache, a temporary store of data that can be retrieved and served quickly, was originally slang used by French Canadian trappers to describe a hiding place for provisions from the late 18th century.

It was used by American pioneers to specifically refer to the hole or mound where items such as food, ammunition or treasure were buried. However, by the 1830s it had become a more generic term for anything stored in a hiding place.

Cache started to be used in the computing sense, as a small high-speed form of memory in computers, from the late 1960s.

Root: The word cache comes from the French verb cacher meaning ‘to hide’ from the Latin coactare meaning ‘to constrain’. .

Source: OED.