On Unix, data is traditionally copied to the clipboard automatically when you highlight it with the mouse. (No need to hit ctrl-C) And data is pasted by clicking the middle mouse button (on a 3-button mouse)

Since Ctrl-C isn't (traditionally) used to paste on Unix, I doubt that's where it originated.

On 8/4/2011 10:37 AM, John Ross wrote:
I am going with the Unix meaning of Control V: verbatim (Using exactly
the same words; corresponding word for word)

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