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Chad (computer)

Chad is the collection of paper particles formed when holes are made in a computer punched tape or punch card.

It is tempting to speculate that the term may have originated from the fictional character Mr. Chad[?] who appeared, complaining about food shortages, in graffiti in England at the end of World War II. Perhaps Mr. Chad happened to be in the public imagination just at the time when computer scientists were searching for a new word to name their paper confetti. However, there is no evidence for this etymology.

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