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Verb doubling: a standard construction is to double a verb and use it
as a comment on what the implied subject does. Often used to terminate
a conversation. Typical examples involve WIN, LOSE, HACK, FLAME, BARF,
CHOMP: "The disk heads just crashed." "Lose,
lose." "Mostly he just talked about his --- crock. Flame,
flame." "Boy, what a bagbiter! Chomp, chomp!"
Soundalike slang: similar to Cockney rhyming slang. Often made up on
the spur of the moment. Standard examples: Boston Globe => Boston
Glob Herald American => Horrid (Harried) American New York Times
=> New York Slime historical reasons => hysterical raisins
government property - do not duplicate (seen on keys) => government
duplicity - do not propagate Often the substitution will be made in
such a way as to slip in a standard jargon word: Dr. Dobb's Journal
=> Dr. Frob's Journal creeping featurism => feeping creaturism
Margaret Jacks Hall => Marginal Hacks Hall The -P convention:
turning a word into a question by appending the syllable
"P"; from the LISP convention of appending the letter
"P" to denote a predicate (a Boolean-values function). The
question should expect a yes/no answer, though it needn't. (See T and
NIL.) At dinnertime: "Foodp?" "Yeah, I'm pretty
hungry." or "T!" "State-of-the-world-P?"
(Straight) "I'm about to go home." (Humorous) "Yes, the
world has a state." [One of the best of these is a Gosperism
(i.e., due to Bill Gosper). When we were at a Chinese restaurant, he
wanted to know whether someone would like to share with him a
two-person-sized bowl of soup. His inquiry was: "Split-p
soup?" --GLS] Peculiar nouns: MIT AI hackers love to take various
words and add the wrong endings to them to make nouns and verbs, often
by extending a standard rule to nonuniform cases. Examples: porous
=> porosity generous => generosity Ergo: mysterious =>
mysteriosity ferrous => ferrosity Other examples: winnitude,
disgustitude, hackification. Spoken inarticulations: Words such as
"mumble", "sigh", and "groan" are spoken
in places where their referent might more naturally be used. It has
been suggested that this usage derives from the impossibility of
representing such noises in a com link. Another expression sometimes
heard is "complain!"