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A Fascinating Quote:

While writing my book (Stochastic Processes, 1953) I had an argument with Feller. He asserted that everyone said "random variable" and I asserted that everyone said "chance variable." We obviously had to use the same name in our books, so we decided the issue by a stochastic procedure. That is, we tossed for it and he won.

-- Joe Doob, quoted in Statistical Science 12 (1997), No. 4, page 307.

-- Jeffrey Rosenthal (contact me)