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What does the acronym “ OWL” stand for?
Actually, OWL is not a real acronym. The language started out as the “Web Ontology Language” but the Working Group disliked the acronym “WOL”. We decided to call it OWL. The Working Group became more comfortable with this decision when one of the members pointed out the following justification from the noted ontologist A.A. Milne who, in his influential book “ Winnie the Pooh” stated of the wise character OWL:
“He could spell his own name WOL, and he could spell Tuesday so that you knew it wasn't Wednesday but his spelling goes all to pieces over delicate words like measles and buttered toast.”
(Jim Hendler, Web-Ontology (WebOnt) Working Group, Tuesday 19 Jul 2005.)