The Strange Roots

Floppy disk 💾

Floppy disk, the storage medium made popular in the 1980s, takes its name from the thin, flexible disk inside the rigid plastic casing.

The floppy disk was invented by Alan Shugart at IBM in 1967 and was introduced in an 8-inch format in 1972. It had become so ubiqitous by the 1980s and 1990s that most software designers used it as an icon for 'save'. This trend has continued until modern day despite the face that floppy disks are now obselete.

Root: The word disk stems from the Ancient Greek word diskos meaning 'a round flat object or kind of dish' and the verb dikein meaning ‘to throw’.