This is the full read-only archive of the "Ask the Wordwizard" section of the original Wordwizard site. The responses to the questions originate from Jonathon Green, the compiler of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and numerous other dictionaries.
What two word are combined to make the word "modem"?
Submitted by Lee Anne Carnell (Hayti - U.S.A.)
Signature: Topic imported and archived
Modulator and demodulator. The instrument, while associated with the modern era of e-mail and the Internet, actually dates to 1958.
Signature: Jonathon Green