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I've always wondered why it was called "chad". At our school, we called them "withers". (Simply because I rescued a large manila envelope from the trash can of a teacher--Mr. Withers--and used it to hold all the paper tape waste. Since the manila envelope had his name on it, we named them withers.)

I don't remember what happened to the envelope, it was probably just tossed, but I intended to use it as confetti on the last day of school or some such. (I'm really not certain why I was keeping them...)



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by jmlynesjr (Friar) on Jun 03, 2013 at 18:48 UTC

    Seems that there is no clear origin of the word "chad". See:

    In about 1972 a female friend that was working for IBM in Atlanta at the time, dumped about 10 lbs of the stuff at a party. It was still being cleaned up years later.


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