Double bucky

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Double bucky

A double bucky is a term for pressing two modifier keys on a computer's keyboard at the same time. Historically, the modifier keys (Ctrl and Alt, for instance) are referred to as "Buckies" after Niklaus Wirth, a computer scientist whose nickname was "Bucky." Wirth coined the term at Stanford University in 1964, after making the suggestion to use an additional key to set the eighth bit of a 7-bit ASCII character when typing. The addition allowed for a greater variety of input characters without an unreasonable number of keys on the keyboard.

Pressing a modifier key changes the eighth bit, which is known as the "bucky bit." Therefore, pressing two keys at once is referred to as entering a double bucky. For instance, "doubly bucky F" might refer to pressing Ctrl+Alt+F.

Keyboard, Keyboard terms, Typing