PDA

View Full Version : Jargon


AerBabe
22nd Feb 2004, 18:01
Okay... who let these people out of their cages?

Computers:

Memory is measured in bytes (8 bits is a byte). Apparently, 4 bits is a 'Nibble'. The official unit of mouse movement is the 'Mickey'. TWAIN? Technology Without An Interesting Name. BLOB - Binary Large OBject.


Biology:

No-one has a sense of humour, unless they work with fruit-fly genetics. Here, genes are given a name which reflects the character of the fly if the gene isn't functional. For example:
DAD - Damned Ar5e Dragger
Bruno - Very strong.
XXXX - Staggers around as if drunk.

:8

Rupert S
22nd Feb 2004, 18:16
the mickey is news to me. How about a new arbitary unit of drivle? We could call it the Rupert. Or perhaps the "Draper" a unit of how pointless information is.

flynverted
22nd Feb 2004, 20:07
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, nibble :E

MMEMatty
22nd Feb 2004, 20:46
Apparantly NASA are known for stuff like this, i used to have a list of some but all i can remember are:

WOW: Weight On Wheels

WONG: Weight On Nose Gear

There are loads but i cant think of any

matty

Jerricho
23rd Feb 2004, 01:19
I thought a "Rupert" was something a yeti tried his hardest to smash into the middle of next week.

Must admit, the old B52 "BUFF" has always made me smile.

EI-TURKEY
23rd Feb 2004, 02:30
Jerrico, It has always made me smile since I read an offical USAF press release which stated that it was known as the 'BUF' for 'Big Ugly Fellow', when it really is the 'BUFF' for 'Big Ugly :mad: :mad: '

Sometimes you just gotta :D or else you will :yuk:

CBLong
23rd Feb 2004, 04:18
I think "nibble" should be spelt "nybble" (as "byte" is to "bite", you see), but only in the computing context of course... :)

There are loads of similar contractions... "bit" is from "binary digit", "pixel" is from "picture element", which leads to "texel" for "texture element", and I'm sure there are loads more. I think someone just got creative with "mickey", though :)

I always quite liked the "milliHelen", which is the quantity of beauty required to launch a single ship...

cbl.

Noah Zark.
23rd Feb 2004, 04:19
Also, I believe, the A 7 Corsair was the SLUF. Short lttle ugly f*****!

Chaffers
23rd Feb 2004, 08:14
I've heard the C-5 referred to as the FRED before, stands for ****ing Rediculous Economic Disaster. :8

Can think of quite a few projects which deserved the acronym more....

Onan the Clumsy
23rd Feb 2004, 11:53
It's old, but it's good...

10^12 microphones = 1 megaphone
10^6 bicycles = 2 megacycles
500 millinaries = 1 seminary
2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds
10 cards = 1 decacards
1/2 lavatory = 1 demijohn
10^-6 fish = 1 microfiche
454 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
10^12 pins = 1 terrapin
10^21 picolos = 10 9 los = 1 gigolo
10 rations = 1 decoration
100 rations = 1 C-ration
10 millipedes = 1 centipede
3 1/3 tridents = 1 decadent
10 monologs = 5 dialogues
5 dialogues = 1 decalogue
2 monograms = 1 diagram
8 nickels = 2 paradigms
2 snake eyes = 1 paradise
2 wharves = 1 paradox
10^-6 phones = 1 microphone
10^6 phones = 1 megaphone
10^-2 mental = 1 centimental
10^1 mate = 1 decimate
10^12 bulls = 1 terabull
10^-12 boos = 1 picoboo
10^15 bismol = 1 femtobismol