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re: From the top of my head: C, as in the language, stands for Christopher. D in MS-DOS originally stood for Dirty. We call anonymous functions 'lamb...

I was informed that C was named so because it came after the B language (made by Bell Labs) - where did this Christopher thing come from?


So B came from BCPL, the Basic Combined Programming Language at Cambridge. Which came from the (unimplemented) CPL - Combined Programming Language.

The C also stood for Cambridge. But it was also known as Christopher's Programming Language after one of its inventors, Christopher Strachey.

source: The Art of Unix Programming

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