Some questions are asked over and over again till it makes you want to gag or scream (not on Wordwizard, of course).
Here’s an infrequently asked question for you. What is the origin of the phrase ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ)? I can recall when the phrase didn’t exist (1950s, 1960s, 1970s?) or at least I don’t remember seeing or hearing it that far back. But when it was born (±) I couldn’t say. This fun magazine, Mental Floss, which I just picked up for the first time, seems to deal in answering such weighty question as this in addition to interesting sundries and also a bit of heavier material. I can’t vouch for its reliability, but folks I’ve talked to think it’s fairly reputable.
VOILÀ!Today’s popular FAQ format actually began at NASA. In 1983. Eugene Miya was tired of seeing the same old questions posed by new members of a pre-World Wide Web newsgroup. The excessive questions took up space on the mailing list’s servers and flooded users’ inboxes. To correct it, Miya started posting a monthly Frequently asked questions list to the group and thus the FAQ was born.[/Q]—Mental Floss September, 2015, page 36.
Ken Greenwald — August 8, 2015