Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Vocab 101

"You're such a trolodyte," I tell the DNB.

"A trolodyte?" he repeats.

"Yes. A caveman," I reply.

"I'm totally looking that up because I don't think you know what you're talking about." He busts out his computer and does a Google search.

DAMMIT Google! Did you mean: troglodyte? it asks. The DNB looks at me haughtily.

"Right, like with that 'g' you would have known what I was calling you," I say as he scrolls through the definitions.

Of course, minor lettering aside, I'm completely correct.

"Don't gloat yet," the DNB exclaims. "A troglodyte actually is 'A hacker who never leaves his cubicle.'"

I peer over his shoulder. "You're really going to rely on the . . ." I look closer, "the Free Online Dictionary of Computing?"

The DNB keeps reading, "A curmudgeon attached to an obsolescent computing environment. The combination 'ITS troglodyte' was flung around some during the Usenet and e-mail wringle-wrangle attending the 2.x.x revision of the Jargon File."

"What does that even mean?" I ask. "Wringle-wrangle? Really?"

"Apparently curmudgeons are involved in them," the DNB replies solemnly.

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