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[–] Reow 1 points 37 points (+38|-1) ago  (edited ago)

It comes from the concept of canon law - the laws and regulations prescribed by an ecclesiastical (church) authority. The word derives from the Greek kanon meaning "any straight rod or bar; rule; standard of excellence".

The word cannon on the other hand derives from the Latin canna meaning a reed or tube. Both words likely come from the Assyrian qanu meaning tube or reed.

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[–] jackofdiamonds 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I'd just like to say: you answered the shit out of this question!

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[–] d0c5 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Iirc the canon is the core of the world contained in the books. It fires out new histories,enrichments and characters periodically. You add to the canon. It's in Reamde by Neal Stephenson. I think.

Edit :- I didn't recall correctly.

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[–] JustWadeIn 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

And also...boom. Hope this helps