Comments by alexz

  • Windows term for User Account Control

    the computer protection based on approval popups which you get when you try to run an unknown executable in Windows.

    September 22, 2018

  • Vox did an article on this word.

    How it started from Boston and spread through the Telegraphs.

    September 17, 2018

  • This term came from  the IT Crowd TV show episode 'The Internet',  but it has some history, and can be seen on Twitter in reference to the organizations that decide on internet standards.

    There was once a reference to  'Ethernet elders' in Info World.

    March 14 1994 , Info World

    I don't think this is the actual root of this term. 

    E. of The Internet spotted in Internet Engineering Task Force document - July 2018

    see also 'elder days' at the Jargon File.   This version of Jargon File is from the late 90's.

    Version 2.1.1 had the first reference to 'elder'

    "1. To attach a removable storage volume to a machine.

       In elder days and on mainframes this verb was used almost

    exclusively of tapes; nowadays (especially under UNIX) it is more

    likely to refer to a disk volume"

    Version 2.8.2 had the first Lord Of the Rings based reference to elders.

    March 23 1991

    elder days: n. The heroic age of hackerdom (roughly, pre-1980); the

    era of the PDP-10, TECO, ITS, and the ARPANET. This

    term has been rather consciously adopted from J. R. R. Tolkien's

    fantasy epic `The Lord of the Rings'. Compare Iron Age;

    see also elvish.

    A google books search will find some instances of 'elders' in the 1990's referring to the groups that decide on internet and ethernet standards.

    September 15, 2018

  • Despite the blog, this term pre-dates Reddit."trash+panda";

    2009 example.

    September 13, 2018

  • "Security incident and event management"

    - wikipedia

    This is a computer security term. I keep seeing it and having to look it up.

    September 12, 2018

  • An acting achievement where tou win Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Grammy

    September 10, 2018

  • I sometimes wonder how 'real' the terms are when the terms are recycled in list compilation books.

    September 9, 2018

  • For the times this is not a typo, it's a clever blend of it's not and it snot.

    Spotted on Twitter

    "You might think wiping your nose on the flag is patriotic but it’snot"

    - @hoarsewisperer

    September 8, 2018

  • Sootted in news article where a Sasquatch believer sued the BC government.

    September 6, 2018

  • In my co-op student days, a British mechanic called everything good the cat's ass.

    September 4, 2018

  • meteorological autumn

    September 4, 2018

  • September through November

    also meteorological fall

    September 4, 2018

  • Spotted as a verb, cycling term in a BBC article.

    'The first cyclist to 'Everest' on Everest'

    "Everesting is a cycling challenge where you pick a hill and ride up it over and over again until you've scaled 8,848m - the height of Mt Everest."

    August 31, 2018

  • Sounds like a lot of work for a free sheep.

    August 30, 2018

  • link to TankHughe's list

    August 30, 2018

  • Why's the wine gone?

    August 29, 2018

  • a negatively charged electrolyte  .  see also, catholyte

    spotted this term in an Electric Vehicle talk show talking about liquid batteries.

    August 28, 2018

  • Spotted in CBC article 'New dictionary published for Indigenous Vancouver Island language'

    "... SENĆOŦEN is one of the one of the Coast Salish group of languages that is written in a mainly upper-case alphabet."

    August 26, 2018

  • spotted as businesspeak for 1 on 1 meeting

    August 22, 2018

  • Gaming : random number generator

    August 21, 2018

  • Believe

    August 21, 2018

  • Running the first letters of a group of nations is how the word Pakistan came about.

    August 19, 2018

  • Spotted in a Carly Rae Jepsen music video as "Run Forrest Run!"

    August 18, 2018

  • Etymology - from UNICS which was Uniplexed Information and Computing Service

    Spotted this in a youtube video watch?v=jowCUo_UGts and a Google books search confirms this.

    August 17, 2018

  • I assumed it was because when ships sail from England to North America, Portugal is on the left and the North Star was on the right.

    August 17, 2018

  • An avocado as big as your head.

    Also Avozilla.  Thanks Australia.

    August 16, 2018

  • Intermediate Mass Black Hole

    August 12, 2018

  • to be quite honest

    August 11, 2018

  • What the Mars Curiosity rover just called its landing anniversary.

    August 6, 2018

  • 2016-2018 refers to people who think Britain should remain in the EU

    August 4, 2018

  • Refers to people who prefer remain intstead of Brexit. Remainer.

    August 4, 2018

  • Spotted online as a joke - a Senior Teenager - An old person who has no job, and no worries.

    July 26, 2018

  • milk of magnesia , milk of the poppy, 

    July 24, 2018

  • Spotted in cookbooks going back to the 1600's

    July 21, 2018

  • From the examples, it's referring to a region in India.

    July 21, 2018

  • From a CBC news article : "Meghalayan (Late Holocene) Age, which runs from the start of a "mega-drought" 4,200 years ago to the present day."

    July 21, 2018

  • Spotted in Guardian article where 'eating bananas whole' is an issue for people... also, Ice Cream.

    July 21, 2018

  • Free range definition from the Guardian.

    "And then there’s its cousin, greige, which you can make by mixing together two other things: monotony and despair. All of these related shades spell out a disappointment in all the world’s flowers. They look like preened and perfected sick. And it is my belief that the palace has used the beige to take confident, opinionated, personality-owning Meghan away from us and turn her into a royal bot, like they always do."

    July 15, 2018

  • spotted this as an alternative to bollocks

    July 15, 2018

  • If i had a wife, I wouldn't call er an ux

    July 15, 2018

  • in 2018 news, it's a nerve agent which has historically been associated with Russia.

    July 9, 2018

  • Spotted a case of this becoming a generic term. " The future will be Spotified"

    July 8, 2018

  • Spotted this tweeted by a science radio show.

    July 8, 2018

  • Spotted the etymology in a youtube video - 8 minute mark.

    G is for Global

    re is for Regular Expression

    P is what their tools tended to end in.

    July 7, 2018

  • Easy peasy

    July 6, 2018

  • easy peasy

    July 6, 2018

  • Spotted this word again in 2018.

    It appears to have some sticking power in the language.

    July 6, 2018

  • spray on grass - used to stabilize hills from erosion.

    June 30, 2018

  • donut shaped chicken nugget

    June 27, 2018

  • spotted as "just for shiggrins"

    June 21, 2018

  • twitterese for 'quote tweet'

    June 20, 2018

  • Science fiction - a shape shifter. Goes back to at least 1979

    June 19, 2018

  • New place name in Vancouver. The plaza by the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

    There's a pronunciation guide.

    June 19, 2018

  • Computer gaming - refers to a game where huge teams play against each other.

    ie, 50 vs 50, last team standing wins.

    June 17, 2018

  • The symbol comes from the semaphores for N and D which stand for Nuclear Disarmament

    June 17, 2018

  • schmancy

    June 16, 2018

  • High Intensity Interval Training

    June 16, 2018

  • slang shortening of with

    June 15, 2018

  • fittin ta

    "We not fittinta kiki with..." - spotted on twitter

    June 15, 2018

  • I know, right?

    Also IKR

    June 14, 2018

  • Glitched definition

    June 14, 2018

  • Spotted in the news. Leave the baby deer alone.

    June 14, 2018

  • That would make sense.

    June 6, 2018

  • no idea what this word means.

    spotted in the news.

    June 6, 2018

  • having 6 cpu cores

    June 6, 2018

  • Name comes from Ogopogo

    June 3, 2018

  • Another Canadian lake monster, see Manipogo

    June 3, 2018

  • Spotted as noodles.

    June 2, 2018

  • Spotted this term being discussed in Lexicon Valley Episode No. 75 at the 20 minute mark.

    The podcast said that 23 referred to the Flatiron Building in New York and people's dresses being affected by the wind.

    Wikipedia has a whole page dedicated to this term.

    June 2, 2018

  • Spotted as slang for every

    June 2, 2018

  • yakamein

    June 1, 2018

  • A New Orleans hangovers cure dish,

    May 31, 2018

  • It's like it happens every year around this time.

    May 30, 2018

  • Page 24 of the referenced book, The Gentle Shepherd, shows naught

    tyop indeed.

    May 28, 2018

  • From a 1960's joke. (from books search)

    "Is easy schnappen der Springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. 1st nicht fur gerwerken by das Dummkopfen. Das rubber- necken sightseeren keepen hands in das pockets. Relaxen und watch das Blinkenlights."

    Wikipedia has blinkenlights going back to the 50's and IBM

    May 26, 2018

  • g'night

    May 25, 2018

  • HTTP Strict Transport Security

    the technology that ensures you use https 

    May 24, 2018

  • General Data Protection Regulation

    May 24, 2018

  • There's a YouTube video which explains the difference between yaaas and yasss.

    watch?v=6ZrYUOBshcE . 'The Origin of "Yas Queen" | Iris'

    "Steven London explains the origins of "Yaaass Queen!"

    May 24, 2018

  • I'm starting to see yasss in 2018 more frequently than yaaas in 2016.

    May 23, 2018

  • Wiktionary seems to have a 'Neutral Point of View' theme which neutralizes half of the meaning of a word and blandifies it to something a committee agrees on.

    Quick books search shows this goes back to 1990.

    May 21, 2018

  • 'Laze -- a mashup of "lava" and "haze" -- is a nasty product formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air'

    - Spotted on CNN

    May 20, 2018

  • "as far as I can tell" . AFAICT

    May 20, 2018

  • Refers to working conditions in China: 9am to 9pm 6 days a week

    May 20, 2018

  • I, prefer, the, Shatner comma

    May 20, 2018

  • Spotted in the BBC Royal Wedding news

    'Bowl food is larger than a canapé and around a quarter of the size of a main course.

    It is served in miniature or hand-sized bowls and comes ready to eat with a small fork.

    The idea behind a bowl food menu is so guests can stay standing up and mingle while they eat. It has been described by caterers as an option which allows guests to "keep on talking".


    May 20, 2018

  • Spotted in the news. A police cat

    May 18, 2018

  • Multiple friends have posted pics of eggs and avocados, so Im predicting a new trend.

    May 16, 2018

  • Today I learned that Newfie is considered a derogatory term.

    May 13, 2018

  • Spotted on Astronomy Picture of the Day "A plurality of singularities at the Galactic Center"

    "Explanation: A recent informal poll found that astronomers don't yet have a good collective noun for a group of black holes, but they need one.  ..."

    APOD May 12 2018

    There's something about using plural and singular in the same sentence to describe the same thing.

    May 12, 2018

  • a phrase I've seen several times but am never sure of the meaning of.

    May 12, 2018

  • Uncertainty is part of the joke

    May 12, 2018

  • Emoji phrase for Deadpool

    May 11, 2018

  • Spotted in CBC news article.

    'Indigeneer' combines scientific methods and traditional Indigenous knowledge

    May 10, 2018

  • Does this mean my emoji phrases list won't work?

    May 9, 2018

  • Also spotted, in same video referenced in EBCDIC

    pronounced ebb-sid-issity

    May 9, 2018

  • Pronounced Ebb-stick

    spotted pronounciation in May 8 2018 Computerphile video on YouTube

    May 9, 2018

  • spotted today

    May 5, 2018

  • Spotted in the news,... drones used by drug gangs

    May 5, 2018

  • White House Correspondent's Dinner

    May 2, 2018

  • Zeno's Henoticon

    ... not an ancient Greek emoticon.

    May 1, 2018

  • text messaging

    May 1, 2018

  • I think this means imo or "In My Opinion"

    May 1, 2018

  • Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, select Start

    April 29, 2018

  • "Editing MACroS" 

    LinuxFest Northwest 2018: Linux Jargon talk.

    April 29, 2018

  • Emacs

    April 29, 2018

  • Berkeley Software Distribution

    April 29, 2018

  • This acronym comes from The Register.

    April 29, 2018

  • wibbly-wobbly

    April 29, 2018

  • timey-wimey

    April 29, 2018

  • "Yet Another Meeting Will Fix This"

    Spotted in LinuxFest Northwest 2018: Security Theatre talk.

    April 29, 2018

  • spotted 📷: as being a photo credit marker.

    📷: photoperson.

    April 28, 2018

  • Cherry Blossom viewing

    - from Japan

    April 26, 2018

  • (chorus)

    Do you come from a land down under?

    Where women glow and men plunder?

    Can't you hear, can't you hear tufthunter?

    You better run, you better take cover

    April 26, 2018

  • The study of flatulence,according to Science Friday's tweet. Apr 25 2018

    April 25, 2018

  • Goto monotwist.

    A Rubik's cube transformation that twists 2 corner pieces.

    April 25, 2018

  • "They were foot ballers from all over the state, had their come downs in Adelaide"

    - Spotted in an Objectivity video, so I assume it's real Australianese for 'come down for a visit'.


    On Twitter, it seems to refer to withdrawal symptoms from caffeine or some substance.

    April 25, 2018

  • The warming of the arctic ocean and the influx of Atlantic species.  Probably should be Capitalized

    April 24, 2018

  • A refreshing break from the 'neutral point of view' types of definitions that Wiktionary has

    April 22, 2018

  • In Saskatchewan, a bunny-hug is a hoodie.

    April 20, 2018

  • Spotted in Canada's Beaverton.

    "The two dozen or so pipeline warriors appeared on the BC Legislature lawn driving custom built motorcycles, doombuggies armed with menacing spikes, and F-150 pickup trucks with bumper stickers proclaiming their love for Alberta beef."

    April 18, 2018

  • A fez wearing person in a tiny little car shows up and drops off a food pellet.

    April 16, 2018

  • What some people in the UK want to call the frunk, a front boot, instead of a front trunk.

    April 15, 2018

  • I hear there's a secret button pressing ceremony involving a food pellet.

    April 15, 2018

  • The floor is legos.

    April 14, 2018

  • Book search confirms it is a racist slur in S Africa

    April 14, 2018

  • then there's doggospeak's mlem

    April 13, 2018

  • forgetting what you ordered on Amazon when the package arrives.

    spotted in a video.

    April 11, 2018


    April 8, 2018

  • Spotted as WhatsApp phishing.

    April 8, 2018

  • Refers to earlier in a threaded discussion.

    April 5, 2018

  • Spotted in Register article about cell phones being used to check for veins and check pulse and circulation measurements.

    April 4, 2018

  • Spotted in an XKCD comic... and I suspect I've seen this around before as a SUDO user in a Linux / UNIX sense. 

    sudo -er

    April 4, 2018

  • Spotted in a city of Vancouver tweet referring to the non recyclable coated cardboard.

    April 3, 2018

  • spotted in the news

    'Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of television stations in the U.S., employs a well-known practice of producing "must-runs," conservative commentary segments that each Sinclair-owned station is required to air. ' - Seattle PI.

    April 1, 2018

  • Easterspeak for 'somebody'

    April 1, 2018

  • Spotted in a NASA tweet.

    "... Discover more about these shapshifters, biobots and other new technologies: ..."

    March 31, 2018

  • Wordnik is case sensitive in the word search, so you will find it at . Baha'i

    March 31, 2018

  • I look forward to April 1 when the pranksters who coined this word admit it was a joke.

    Picking up garbage while jogging?

    March 31, 2018

  • an archaic term for trials?

    March 28, 2018

  • Is where people mess with phone and email scammers to waste their time and frustrate them.

    March 28, 2018

  • Is a representation for a table. From tableflip emoticon.

    March 27, 2018

  • Wonder if it's related to nuncle

    March 27, 2018

  • "bring your own"

    "billion years old"

    March 26, 2018

  • 3 billion to 3.8 billion years ago when Mars was in transition from a wet planet Noachian to the current cold and dry planet Amazonian

    March 26, 2018

  • Mars's Geological period when it was covered in Water.

    - from a scientific talk about Mars "When Mars Was Like Earth: Five Years of Exploration with the Curiosity Rover"

    March 26, 2018

  • 'He wants to build a "Rockoon," a rocket that is carried into the atmosphere by a gas-filled balloon, then separated from the balloon and lit.'

    - spotted in CBC news story of a rocketeer who thinks the world is flat.

    March 26, 2018

  • A form of censorship which refers to buying the exclusive rights to a news story, and then not publishing the story to protect a person the story is about.

    March 25, 2018

  • porg themed pumpkin pie

    March 24, 2018

  • Spotted in looking up this word: porgin pie ;

    spotted as a verbed noun;  Tonight I'm porgin'
    spotted as an alterna-swear "stop porgin around"

    March 24, 2018

  • Twitter emoji

    March 24, 2018

  • Twitter emoji

    March 24, 2018

  • "scream belting"

    March 23, 2018

  • "This beat is... This beat is... This beat is... "

    - 1990

    March 23, 2018

  • A 19th century way of writing which resembles lolspeak.

    from doing a book search for moar and 19th century.

    March 22, 2018

  • That time of day

    March 21, 2018

  • short for coyotes . Yotes

    March 20, 2018

  • short for coyotes.

    spotted in a hashtag #Yotes for a Coyotes sports team.

    March 20, 2018

  • Spotted in a CBC news story about Steve

    "The phenomenon does now have a backronym of an official name: strong thermal emission velocity enhancement (Steve for short)."

    March 20, 2018

  • Refers to a the book Animal Farm.

    March 20, 2018

  • Ok Bruce. 

    March 18, 2018

  • Norway english.

    Worth a web search.

    March 17, 2018

  • Science Fiction (Marvel Universe) - material that affects gravity.

    March 17, 2018

  • Bro

    March 17, 2018

  • aka Cheshire cat moon

    March 17, 2018

  • When an airplane straightens out to land on a runway when flying slightly sideways in a crosswind.

    March 17, 2018

  • a sodium (na) potassium (k) alloy.

    liquid at room temperature

    NaK is probably the right spelling

    March 16, 2018

  • a "Gallium/Indium/Tin " alloy, which has a very low melting point

    March 16, 2018

  • Name of a poem which is written mostly in programming punctuation, but pronounced with the UNIX/ASCII names for the characters.

    Calvin College -

    so.. circa 1990 'ish

    March 12, 2018

  • National Association of City Transportation Officials

    March 11, 2018

  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways

    The style guide which is why streets are mostly the same across the US.

    March 11, 2018

  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

    - road designers

    March 11, 2018

  • questions


    or short for the question mark ?

    March 11, 2018

  • /*

    March 11, 2018

  • ñ or Ñ

    March 11, 2018

  • the ASCII characters \!*

    March 11, 2018

  • Unix pronounciation guide ( ) says it's the tilde ~

    or, it's the ñ or Ñ

    March 11, 2018

  • /*

    pairing of a slash and asterix .

    March 11, 2018

  • the pairing of an asterix and slash


    March 11, 2018

  • If you google the progression of programmer's thorpes, you get a programming language named Unithorpe


    Unithorpe is a small interpreted programming language and its virtual machine.

    The driving idea is to use a single unicode character to name each variable, function, namespace, builtin operator, etc. in the language. All data is either unicode characters or arrays of unicode characters or other arrays."

    Also search Trithorpe  and Oglethorpe (more computer languages by Henry Strickland)

    I wonder if half the variable names render as Emoji

    March 11, 2018

  • "The word has appeared in many forms, including octothorn, octalthorp, octothorp, and octatherp as well as octothorpe. "

    - World Wide Words - 1999

    March 11, 2018

  • allegedly *

    based on the silly progression of octothorpe, quadrathorpe, bithorpe, duothorpe, monothorpe

    (from quick google search)

    March 11, 2018

  • The Ascii Table people ask 'what's a monothorpe?'

    theoretically half a bithorpe
    some people say it's a dot .

    March 11, 2018

  • half an octothorpe

    = or +
    Spotted in 'the hackers dictionary'

    For 'the equals sign'

    March 11, 2018

  • If the Google book search is accurate, this goes back to 1925 science fiction.

    "We could just equip the space ship with something we might call Hyper-drive, and let it go at that."

    Term later found in 1950's Analog and Galaxy science fiction magazines.

    March 11, 2018

  • a quick demonstration going over the basic features of an item or a piece of software.

    March 10, 2018

  • short for "The f%ck"

    March 10, 2018

  • twitterese, txtspk "for real"

    March 10, 2018

  • textese, twitterspeak "swear to god"

    March 10, 2018

  • to tweet events in real time

    March 9, 2018

  • Free,

    According to my Aussie friend

    March 8, 2018

  • spa lining. 2 inches of reinforced concrete with a layer of Rhino liner.

    March 8, 2018

  • mnemonic for memorizing the Great Lakes

    March 6, 2018

  • A hybrid of crokinole and curling

    Spotted on the Mercer Report from Winnipeg at the Forks.

    March 4, 2018

  • shows up as a 'related word' under formal, but has no definition here.

    March 4, 2018

  • copypasta for emojis

    March 4, 2018


    March 4, 2018

  • Censorshipspeak of "Taiwan, Tibet, and Tiananmen"

    March 3, 2018

  • ...notes the examples listed

    Files it next to shooketh

    March 3, 2018

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