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Bells and whistles

Posted by The IT Man on December 05, 2003

In Reply to: Bells and whistles posted by Sax on December 05, 2003

: Hi! How did the phrase "bells and whistles" come into being? What does it mean? Thank you, Sax

I recall back in the early 1980s, if a computer program had features that were not core to the process, they would be described as being 'bells and whistles' - I think that at the time we understood it to be like a child's combined play toy in which added sensory stimuli could be added.