- (blit, very rarely belt) [based on the PDP-10 block transfer
instruction; confusing to users of the PDP-11]
1. v. To transfer a
large contiguous package of information from one place to another.
2. THE BIG BLT: n. Shuffling operation on the PDP-10 under some
operating systems that consumes a significant amount of computer
3.(usually pronounced B-L-T) n. Sandwich containing bacon,
lettuce, and tomato.
- n. The degree to which something is BOGUS (q.v.). At CMU,
bogosity is measured with a bogometer; typical use: in a seminar,
when a speaker says something bogus, a listener might raise his
hand and say, "My bogometer just triggered." The agreed-upon unit
of bogosity is the microLenat (uL).
- (WPI, Yale, Stanford) adj. 1. Non-functional. "Your patches are
2. Useless. "OPCON is a bogus program."
3. False. "Your arguments are bogus."
4. Incorrect. "That algorithm is bogus."
5. Silly. "Stop writing those bogus sagas." (This word seems to
have some, but not all, of the connotations of RANDOM.)
[Etymological note from Lehman/Reid at CMU: "Bogus" was originally
used (in this sense) at Princeton, in the late 60's. It was used
not particularly in the CS department, but all over campus. It
came to Yale, where one of us (Lehman) was an undergraduate, and
(we assume) elsewhere through the efforts of Princeton alumni who
brought the word with them from their alma mater. In the Yale
case, the alumnus is Michael Shamos, who was a graduate student at
Yale and is now a faculty member here. A glossary of bogus words
was compiled at Yale when the word was first popularized (e.g.,
autobogophobia: the fear of becoming bogotified).]
- (Stanford) v. To play volleyball. "Bounce, bounce! Stop
wasting time on the computer and get out to the court!"
- [generalization of "Honeywell Brain Damage" (HBD), a
theoretical disease invented to explain certain utter cretinisms in
Multics] adj. Obviously wrong; cretinous; demented. There is an
implication that the person responsible must have suffered brain
damage, because he should have known better. Calling something
brain-damaged is really bad; it also implies it is unusable.
- v. 1. To cause to be broken (in any sense). "Your latest patch
to the system broke the TELNET server."
2.(of a program) To stop
temporarily, so that it may be examined for debugging purposes.
The place where it stops is a BREAKPOINT.