We use the word "boilerplate" a lot at work. It's such a strange phrase that seems like it's probably traveled far from its original meaning, so I looked up what that meaning was.

It goes back to newspapers. Large advertisers and content syndicates would distribute ready-to-go printing plates to local newspapers that could easily just go onto the press and be ready to print without any modification. These plates resembled rolled steel that was used to make boilers.

Hence: boilerplate.

@srol huh, so I guess the aerospace meaning of "boilerplate" has a completely different etymology?

@srol nonfunctional craft used to test systems, originally literally made out of boilerplate

here's an Apollo boilerplate near me

@cinebox Wow, that's really fascinating. And technically they do come from the same place, just very different journeys.

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