Hectuple is Not a Real Word

Repeat after me: “Hectuple is not a real word. There is no such thing as a hectuple.”

NeoSmart user David Q. wrote in to let us know that our usage of the word “hectuple” on the EasyBCD download page to refer to a 7-entry multi-boot environment is, quite frankly, wrong:

EasyBCD is geared for users of all kinds. Whether you just want to add an entry to your old XP partition or want to create a duplicate for testing purposes; if you’re interested in debugging the Windows Kernel or hectuple-booting your seven test operating systems, EasyBCD is the key.

I believe the correct word for a seven-fold unit is SEPTUPLE, Septem being the Latin for Seven. Unless you are referring to an eighth, in which case it would OCTUPLE, a sixth would of course be a SEXTUPLE. Either way, whilst the word Hectuple exists on various websites, many in reference to EasyBCD, it does not exist in any dictionary.

Ouch. It seems we got lost somewhere between hexa- and septu- though it’s a bit of a challenge to recall what exactly it is that we were thinking at the time – almost two years ago, now.

Thanks, David. We’ll be fixing that shortly!

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