- See DO PROTOCOL.
- n. A backgammon prime (six consecutive occupied points)
with one point missing.
- (pity) n. Pseudo TTY, a simulated TTY used to run a job under the
supervision of another job.
PTYJOB (pity-job) n. The job being run on the PTY. Also a common
general-purpose program for creating and using PTYs.
This is DEC and SAIL terminology; the MIT equivalent is STY.
- [from the punch line of an old joke: "Drop back 15 yards and
punt"] v. To give up, typically without any intention of retrying.
- [based on the stack operation that puts the current information
on a stack, and the fact that procedure call addresses are saved on
the stack] dialect: PUSHJ (push-jay), based on the PDP-10 procedure
call instruction. v. To enter upon a digression, to save the
current discussion for later.
- (kwess)1. n. The question mark character ("?").
2. interj. What? Also QUES QUES? See WALL.
- [invented by Steele. Mythically, from the Latin semi-deponent
verb QUUXO, QUUXARE, QUUXANDUM IRI; noun form variously QUUX
(plural QUUCES, Anglicized to QUUXES) and QUUXU (genitive plural is
QUUXUUM, four U's in seven letters).]1. Originally, a meta-word
like FOO and FOOBAR. Invented by Guy Steele for precisely this
purpose when he was young and naive and not yet interacting with
the real computing community. Many people invent such words; this
one seems simply to have been lucky enough to have spread a little.
2.interj. See FOO; however, denotes very little disgust, and is
uttered mostly for the sake of the sound of it.
3. n. Refers to
one of four people who went to Boston Latin School and eventually
THE GREAT QUUX: Guy L. Steele Jr.
THE LESSER QUUX: David J. Littleboy
THE MEDIOCRE QUUX: Alan P. Swide
THE MICRO QUUX: Sam Lewis
(This taxonomy is said to be similarly applied to three Frankston
brothers at MIT.) QUUX, without qualification, usually refers to
The Great Quux, who is somewhat infamous for light verse and for
the "Crunchly" cartoons.
4. QUUXY: adj. Of or pertaining to a