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Before the age of homogenization and micro-machinery, before the tyrannous efficiency of internal combustion and the domestication of electricity, lived beautiful, monstrous machines that lived and breathed and exploded unexpectedly at inconvenient moments. It was a time where art and craft were united, where unique wonders were invented and forgotten.
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The "punk" in steampunk is a reference to cyberpunk, because when steampunk first formed it was comprised essentially of cyberpunk (that is, dystopian high tech sci-fi) stories set during the Victorian period.

The "punk" in cyberpunk shares a common source with the "punk" in the punk subculture, but they are not derived from one another. The word punk is a very old English term that originally meant a prostitute, but which by the 20th century had evolved into a term meaning an outsider, a street person, or a ruffian (it's fairly clear why the punk rock subculture used this word to describe itself). In cyberpunk stories, the protagonists were largely "punks" in the pre-modern sense, that is outsiders and criminals (most often hackers).

There is clearly no link between the people of a steampunk setting and members of the punk subculture (simply because the environment that produced our modern "punks" did not exist during the steam age). One could reinterpret cyberpunk hackers into a Victorian context to obtain "steampunks" (producing all manner of reclusive scientists and inventors, professional craftsmen, and military engineers), but that would probably be reading too much into it.

For all practical purposes, the "punk" in steampunk is a cute turn of phrase used because it sounds interesting and exciting, without any deeper meaning than that.