I see asctime in C, C++ and Python. What does the abbreviation mean? All those functions of max 8 characters are pretty obvious (strcpy e.g.) but this one eludes me.
Is it ASCII time? Is it 'as ctime' or it is 'as character time'?
Google: no help.
The ANSI C design rationale document implies that the name stands for ‘ASCII time’:
Although the name of this function suggests a conflict with the principle of removing ASCII dependencies from the Standard, the name has been retained due to prior art.
The function was added in Unix V7 where it is described as
Asctime converts a broken-down time to ASCII and returns a pointer to a 26-character string.