- (WPI) adj. Good, but not good enough to be CUSPY. [The word FINE
is used elsewhere, of course, but without the implicit comparison
to the higher level implied by CUSPY.]
- FLAG DAY
- [from a bit of Multics history involving a change in the
ASCII character set originally scheduled for June 14, 1966]
n. A software change which is neither forward nor backward
compatible, and which is costly to make and costly to revert.
"Can we install that without causing a flag day for all users?"
- adj. Subject to frequent lossages. See LOSSAGE.
- v. To speak incessantly and/or rabidly on some relatively
uninteresting subject or with a patently ridiculous attitude.
FLAME ON: v. To continue to flame. See RAVE. This punning
reference to Marvel comics' Human Torch has been lost as
recent usage completes the circle: "Flame on" now usually
means "beginning of flame".
- v. To unload a DECtape (so it goes flap, flap, flap...). Old
hackers at MIT tell of the days when the disk was device 0 and
microtapes were 1, 2,... and attempting to flap device 0 would
instead start a motor banging inside a cabinet near the disk!
- n.1.Variety, type, kind. "DDT commands come in two flavors."
2.The attribute of causing something to be
FLAVORFUL. "This convention yields additional flavor by allowing
3. On the LispMachine, an object-oriented programming
system ("flavors"); each class of object is a flavor.
- adj. Aesthetically pleasing. See RANDOM and LOSING for
antonyms. See also the entry for TASTE.
- v.1.To delete something, usually superfluous. "All that
nonsense has been flushed." Standard ITS terminology for aborting
an output operation.
2. To leave at the end of a day's work (as
opposed to leaving for a meal). "I'm going to flush now." "Time
3. To exclude someone from an activity.
- 1.[from Yiddish "feh" or the Anglo-Saxon "fooey!"] interj. Term
2. [from FUBAR (Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition),
from WWII, often seen as FOOBAR] Name used for temporary programs,
or samples of three-letter names. Other similar words are BAR, BAZ
(Stanford corruption of BAR), and rarely RAG. These have been used
in Pogo as well.
3. Used very generally as a sample name for
absolutely anything. The old `Smokey Stover' comic strips often
included the word FOO, in particular on license plates of cars.
MOBY FOO: See MOBY.