Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A numerical code used in computing in which consecutive integers are represented by binary numbers differing in only one digit.
- ‘The standard remedy is an alternative to the ordinary binary numbers called a Gray code, which replaces the cliffs with gentler slopes.’
- ‘He popularized the application of Gray codes to puzzle solving.’
- ‘The gray code is sometimes referred to as reflected binary, because the first eight values compare with those of the last 8 values, but in reverse order.’
- ‘Unusual number system bases and Gray codes are described in detail in two chapters.’
- ‘The geometry is intriguing, and there are interesting connections with Gray codes and even with the I Ching, but I'm not so sure that biologists will find the concept useful.’
Mid 20th century: named after Frank Gray (1887–1969), American physicist.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.