The Name Mimeograph

During the preparation of the production and sale of the stencil system, Albert Dick developed the name of the apparatus Mimeograph, to which he declared in 1934: “One day an old friend hit upon the combination of ‘mime’ [ancient Greek mimós, english: Imitation] and ‘graph’ [ancient Greek “gráphō”, english: i.a. to scratch]. But it didn’t have the right swing. It wasn’t euphonious. Then the ‘o’ was added, to give it the swing—and the right euphony was acquired.”1