The Jargon File

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(kat-uh-toe'nee-uh) n. A condition of suspended animation in which the system is in a wedged (CATATONIC) state.
(ku'der) [from LISP] v. With "down", to trace down a list of elements. "Shall we cdr down the agenda?" Usage: silly.
n. The Lisp Machine Manual, so called because the title is wrapped around the cover so only those letters show.
v. To lose; to chew on something of which more was bitten off than one can. Probably related to gnashing of teeth. See BAGBITER. A hand gesture commonly accompanies this, consisting of the four fingers held together as if in a mitten or hand puppet, and the fingers and thumb open and close rapidly to illustrate a biting action. The gesture alone means CHOMP CHOMP (see Verb Doubling).
n. Abbreviation for "close (or right) parenthesis", used when necessary to eliminate oral ambiguity. See OPEN.
n. Any very unusual character. MIT people complain about the "control-meta-cokebottle" commands at SAIL, and SAIL people complain about the "altmode-altmode-cokebottle" commands at MIT.
(variant: COMM MODE) [from the ITS feature for linking two or more terminals together so that text typed on any is echoed on all, providing a means of conversation among hackers] n. The state a terminal is in when linked to another in this way. Com mode has a special set of jargon words, used to save typing, which are not used orally:
BCNU	Be seeing you.
BTW	By the way...
BYE?	Are you ready to unlink?  (This is the standard way to
	end a com mode conversation; the other person types
	BYE to confirm, or else continues the conversation.)
CUL	See you later.
FOO?	A greeting, also meaning R U THERE?  Often used in the
	case of unexpected links, meaning also "Sorry if I
	butted in" (linker) or "What's up?" (linkee).
FYI	For your information...
GA	Go ahead (used when two people have tried to type
	simultaneously; this cedes the right to type to
	the other).
HELLOP	A greeting, also meaning R U THERE?  (An instance
		of the "-P" convention.)
MtFBWY	May the Force be with you.  (From Star Wars.)
NIL	No (see the main entry for NIL).
OBTW	Oh, by the way...
R U THERE?	Are you there?
SEC	Wait a second (sometimes written SEC...).
T	Yes (see the main entry for T).
TNX	Thanks.
TNX 1.0E6	Thanks a million (humorous).
<double CRLF>  When the typing party has finished, he types
	two CRLF's to signal that he is done; this leaves a
	blank line between individual "speeches" in the
	conversation, making it easier to re-read the
	preceding text.
<name>:	When three or more terminals are linked, each speech
	is preceded by the typist's login name and a colon (or
	a hyphen) to indicate who is typing.  The login name
	often is shortened to a unique prefix (possibly a
	single letter) during a very long conversation.
/\/\/\	The equivalent of a giggle.
At Stanford, where the link feature is implemented by "talk loops", the term TALK MODE is used in place of COM MODE. Most of the above "sub-jargon" is used at both Stanford and MIT.
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