Word of the Week: 23 Nov 2020

:bang:

1. n. Common spoken name for `!’ (ASCII 0100001), especially when used in pronouncing a {bang path} in spoken hackish. In {elder days} this was considered a CMUish usage, with MIT and Stanford hackers preferring {excl} or {shriek}; but the spread of UNIX has carried `bang’ with it (esp. via the term {bang path}) and it is now certainly the most common spoken name for `!’. Note that it is used exclusively for non-emphatic written `!’; one would not say “Congratulations bang” (except possibly for humorous purposes), but if one wanted to specify the exact characters `foo!’ one would speak “Eff oh oh bang”. See {shriek}, {{ASCII}}.

2. interj. An exclamation signifying roughly “I have achieved enlightenment!”, or “The dynamite has cleared out my brain!” Often used to acknowledge that one has perpetrated a {thinko} immediately after one has been called on it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *