The Strange Roots

Git 🔁

Git is the version control system created for the development of the Linux kernel in 2005. When asked about the origin of its name, Linus Torvalds joked: “I'm an egotistical bastard, and I name all my projects after myself. First 'Linux', now 'Git'".

The initial Git README offers the several altenatives stating "git can mean anything, depending on your mood" including:

Root: The word git, the British slang for 'an unpleasant or contemtible person', is thought to be a variant of its etymon get, a mainly Scottish, Irish and northern English term for a bastard, a fool or an idiot.

Sources: Git FAQ | Git README | Oxford English Dictionary