Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Blogger Word of the Day for Oct. 4, 2005.

chomp (from the New Hacker's Dictionary)

To lose; specifically, 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. To perform it, hold the four fingers together and place the thumb against their tips. Now open and close your hand rapidly to suggest a biting action (much like what Pac-Man does in the classic video game, though this pantomime seems to predate that). The gesture alone means `chomp chomp' (see " Verb Doubling" in the " How Jargon Works" section of the Prependices). The hand may be pointed at the object of complaint, and for real emphasis you can use both hands at once. Doing this to a person is equivalent to saying "You chomper!" If you point the gesture at yourself, it is a humble but humorous admission of some failure. You might do this if someone told you that a program you had written had failed in some surprising way and you felt dumb for not having anticipated it.


Okay, I acknowledge that this one is a stretch. I've been rilly rilly busy. I'll try to post something substantial (relatively, not Christologically speaking) tomorrow.
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