Re: Why the Floppy Disk Just Won’t Die

Of course, most of the "floppy disks" as referenced in the WIRED article are
not floppy at all. They are mainly the 3.5" diskettes that supplanted the
earlier 5-1/4" disks that were truly floppy, whence the appellation. The
sobriquet was carried forward to their replacement, even though floppiness
ceased to be an attribute. (The WIRED article alludes only to the 3.5" and
much earlier 8" disks without mentioning the once-commonplace 5-1/4" ones at

I tried to adopt the practice of referring to the 3.5" disks as *stiffs*,
but it never caught on.