Thought I would start collecting original descriptions to how words/terms started out. The first is RFC, by Vint Cerf.
Steve Crocker wrote RFC #1 – he knew that we needed to document our design work but was very conscious of the fact that we were just graduate students, not the principal investigators on the ARPANET project. Early in the a.m. he was casting about for some way to describe these documents and came up with “Request for Comments” – a kind of humble way of saying “we’re just rank amateurs, can you help us make this design any better”.
[Via Scripting News]