Five completely nerdish jargon words you might hear online

Here are five terms that you just might see on the Internet, but (unless you're a real nerd) you probably haven't used in everyday conversation. These definitions were shamelessly lifted from the wonderful, hilarious, and otherwise nifty "Jargon File", a compendium of hacker slang. You can FTP your very own copy from Watch out though, it's over a megabyte in size.
  1. mung: Mash Until No Good. To destroy, usually accidentally, occasionally maliciously. The system only mungs things maliciously. Mung is also a kind of bean. The sprouts are often used in Chinese food.
  2. kluge: a. An ill-assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole, such as a Rube Goldberg device. b. A clever programming trick intended to solve a particular nasty case in an expedient, if not clear, manner. Often used to repair bugs.
  3. glob: To expand special characters in a wildcarded name. For instance, the UNIX conventions for filename "wildcarding" have become sufficiently pervasive that many hackers use some of them in written English, especially in e-mail or news on technical topics. For instance, the character * means "any string". and "?" means "any single character". In the example "I don't read talk.politics.*" the globbing indicates that the speaker doesn't read any of the talk.politics newsgroups.
  4. bogosity: The degree to which something is bogus (useless, incorrect or unbelievable). At CMU, bogosity is measured with a bogometer; in a seminar, when a speaker says something bogus, a listener might raise his hand and say "My bogometer just triggered". More extremely, "You just pinned my bogometer" means you just said or did something so outrageously bogus that it is off the scale, pinning the bogometer needle at the highest possible reading.
  5. bogon flux: A measure of a supposed field of bogosity emitted by a speaker, measured by a bogometer; as a speaker starts to wander into increasing bogosity a listener might say "Warning, warning, bogon flux is rising".

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