Interestingly, the French term for default is défaut. It translates as absence or lack, failure to meet obligations, as in defaulting on loans. Through its usage in the context of computer programs, however, we have come to think of default as a normal state.
Declining Derrida: Integrity, Tensegrity, and the Preservation of Archives from Deconstruction, Archivaria, 1999. 48, Fall 1999 (blz 88, noot 50)